How Taking Supplements Could Save You Millions
Did you know that the United States spends drastically more on health care than any other nation?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our health care expenditure is more than twice the average of 29 other developed countries and yet the average life expectancy in the United States is far below many other nations that spend less on health care each year.
Furthermore, 75% of our health care dollars go to the treatment of chronic disease, with only 3% spent on prevention. And while chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes are among the most common and costly of all health problems, they are also the most preventable.
[ictt-tweet-inline]75% of our health care dollars go to chronic disease treatment, only 3% on prevention.[/ictt-tweet-inline]
In fact, the World Health Organization has estimated that if the major risk factors for chronic disease were eliminated, at least 80% of all heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes would be prevented, and more than 40% of cancer cases would be prevented.
In light of this, a big question that many people are asking is regarding the value and benefit of using supplements as part of a health care approach. Are supplements really worth taking?
In an exciting research report published by market research firm, Frost & Sullivan, the answer is an emphatic “YES”!
The report, Smart Prevention – Health Care Cost Savings Resulting from the Targeted Use of Dietary Supplement, demonstrates that “the use of specific dietary supplements among those consumers that are at a high risk of experiencing a costly disease-related event can lead to a positive health care cost savings.”
Of the eight particular supplements studied, the overall net potential health care cost savings varied from hundreds of millions of dollars into the billions of dollars.
The report goes on to conclude that “targeted dietary supplementation regimens are recommended as a means to help control rising societal health care costs, and as a means for high risk individuals to minimize the chance of having to deal with potentially costly events and to invest in increased quality of life.”
The findings of this report provides one more reason for patients to have a discussion with their health care practitioners about incorporating supplement usage along with other healthy behaviors.
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Not surprising. I’ve been taking nutritional supplements since the 70s, when it all really started. My two living sisters have made jokes about the money I spend on them; they think of it as thrown-away money — after all, they’re not covered by insurance! Yet, they both have diabetes type 2 and high blood pressure, one has crippling rheumatoid arthritis, the other a heart condition (for which she’s been hospitalized in an ER call) and severe digestive problems — while I have none of these problems. We all have low physical activity, although I have more-naturally healthy eating habits. Yes, I have some issues (allergies, hypothyroidism since age 50, etc.), all of this under control. Still, they think of supplementation as pseudo-science! What does it take to convince some people??