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Oct 21, 2013

Supplements Taken as Prevention of Chronic Illnesses Reduce Health Care Costs

In a recent economic report from Washington D.C. regarding supplement usage, certain dietary supplements have been found to assist in the reduction of Health Care expenditures from patients with chronic diseases, that in-turn reduces Health Care costs. 

This information was collected from a recent Study funded by a grant from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Foundation

As chronic diseases weigh on the quality of life for many US citizens, the demand for alleviation of symptoms has increased. This is due to the application of dietary supplementation usage of persons with 4 targeted chronic diseases over the age of 55yrs. Currently the US spends not just multi-millions but billions of dollars on chronic disease treatment. With this newly announced demonstration of how supplements can be taken at preventative dosage levels to not only reduce health care costs, yet it also displayed an increase in health satisfaction and health benefits too among participants.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as much as 75% of Health Care costs is spent on chronic diseases alone. Here are some examples of supplements and corresponding illnesses, and how much money the US could potentially save.

Men & Women over 55 with elevated coronary cholesterol levels – Take psyllium dietary fiber – Reduce Heart Attack Rates – Savings of $2.5 billion on emergency room visits annually

Women over 55 with Osteoporosis – Take calcium and Vitamin D – lessen frequency of bone breakage –Savings &1.5 billion annually

A look at the results of this study by the Global Program Manager of the study, Mr. Shanahan stated I anticipate this report will fuel the critical conversation around the importance of preventive health care practices to control health care spending, and the critical role dietary supplements can play in reducing the risk of medical events associated with these diseases.

A member of The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) stated “Chronic diseases negatively impact our lives far beyond the direct medical costs and if there are things we can do to help lessen medical events and associated costs of those diseases, we should be doing them.”

Work with your doctor to talk about lifestyle changes and supplements that can help you to prevent chronic diseases. As the nation has the possibility of saving billions as a whole, taking such preventative measures saves an individual thousands of dollars as well.

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