Can Dietary Supplements Reduce Healthcare Costs
While dietary supplements aren’t magic pills that will cure all your ailments, new research has shown that when specific regimens are taken on a daily basis, they can reduce the overall cost of health care. Frost & Sullivan recently published a report – Smart Prevention—Health Care Cost Savings Resulting from the Targeted Use of Dietary Supplements. The research was done thanks to a grant from the CRN (Council for Responsible Nutrition) Foundation.
About the Report

Frost & Sullivan studied the use of dietary supplements by adults in the U.S. who were 55 years of age or older and were diagnosed with a specific chronic disease. One of eight slightly different supplement regimens were used. The mix depended on the exact health problems of the person taking the supplements in the study.

The results were very promising. They showed that the proper dietary supplements on a daily basis could indeed help people over 55 who were dealing with specific medical problems. Currently in the U.S., around 75% of health care costs go to treating existing conditions while only 3% goes to preventative medicine. Many believe this needs to change.

For example, if women over 55 who have osteoporosis took a calcium and vitamin D supplement, around $1.5 billion dollars could be saved each and every year. That’s a lot of money – and something that could drive down healthcare costs for everyone. Frost & Sullivan looked at hundreds of other studies while doing their own research.

Other Supplement Studies

Frost & Sullivan aren’t the first ones to do a study that has come to the conclusion that dietary supplements – in some situations – can be really beneficial. Back in 2011, the Lewin Group did research of their own that showed similar results.

The Lewin Group study only looked at women old enough to have children and Medicare patients, but it also showed that different dietary supplements could help with specific problems like osteoporosis, heart disease, and other ailments.

Are Supplements Right for You?

As mentioned, whether or not you should take supplements on a daily basis comes down to several different factors, including your age, your daily diet, existing health conditions and more. Having said that, the Frost & Sullivan study – along with others – have all shown there’s a good chance that preventative care with dietary supplements (that are targeted) can really help.

The really good news is that if more people – of all ages – took part in this the health care costs for everyone would go down eventually over time. Preventative care is only a small percentage of health care in the United States currently, but hopefully studies like the one from Frost & Sullivan and others will begin to sway people’s opinions about dietary supplements.

The best way to determine whether they’re right for you or not is to talk with your doctor or health care professional about the specific problems you have or might develop over time and to come up with a supplement plan that helps combat the problems before they happen.

Not only supplements but proper diet and fitness courses also help you improve. You should consult health experts who have taken nationally recognised certificate iv in fitness. These health experts are good to give advices before you start taking any supplement.