Report Finds Use of Certain Supplements Could Reduce Medical Costs By Up to $561 Billion
Preventive care is routine health care that includes screenings, check-ups, and patient counseling to prevent illnesses, disease, or other health problems. However, 75% of health care dollars in the US are spent on treatment of chronic diseases, while only 3% goes to preventive care.
A new study conducted by researchers from Frost & Sullivan suggests that increasing the use of dietary supplements could reduce direct and indirect medical costs by up to $561 billion, but only an estimated $59 billion in savings is currently being realized.
For their report, the researchers performed a cost-benefit analysis that looked at disease-attributed risk and associated costs for supplement users versus non-supplement users. They also used data from clinical research studies to estimate the amount by which specific dietary supplements may help reduce the risk of certain chronic conditions.
The nutrients the researchers included in their study were omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, soluble fiber, and vitamin K2 , calcium vitamin D, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamins B6, B9, and B12, probiotics and choline.
The report was conducted by researchers from Frost & Sullivan. It was published online on August 31, 2022 by the Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation.