The medical expenses to rise out of the pan, in particular in chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes. It appears increasingly that the preventive use of supplementation the development of chronic diseases and thereby reduce costs enormously. In the autumn of 2013, the US market researchers Frost & Sullivan on behalf of “the Council for Responsible Nutrition,” researched this extensively. According to their analysis, the savings in the US could amount to billions of dollars annually. According to the survey, approximately 75% of total health expenditure spent on the treatment of chronic diseases. Unfortunately, there was only 3% of its prevention front.
The target group for this study were people aged 55 and older selected. This group has a higher risk of getting chronic diseases such as cataract, cardiovascular diseases, as well as diabetes and osteoporosis.
The final report shows that we can save billions on the number of medical and sick visits and medications. But what about the cost of sick days or the people who do not work anymore.
Also in the Netherlands is a lot of money for the treatment of chronic diseases. And certainly in the Netherlands that does not go to prevention. GPs are slowly starting to wake up with regard to healthy food. But supplements like they still do not require a lot. This is also because there is no health insurance to reimburse supplements.
We look back here to the study by Frost & Sullivan, this shows that in Osteoporosis – supplementation with calcium and vitamin D may lead to American women with osteoporosis to a decrease in osteoporosis-related hospitalizations. This can save $ 1.25 billion annually. Given the fact that already 28% of women using such a dietary supplement, there remains an annual cost of $ 1.08 billion. Magnesium supplementation in osteoporosis can be saved net $ 530 million.
In Coronary artery disease – supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids lowered by 7% the risk of a disease of the coronary arteries. With supplementation could be saved annually $ 930 million, taking into account the cost of supplementation and the current percentage of supplement users (28%). B vitamins (folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12) can be saved annually 560 million (3%). Supplementation with psyllium husks leads to a risk reduction of 11.5% and a cost of $ 2.3 billion. With plant sterols can be saved another $ 3.3 billion. Supplementation with chromium picolinate can lead to cost savings of $ 970 million due to a decrease in diabetes-related coronary diseases.
As you can see preventive supplementation considerably brings down the cost of chronic diseases. This would in the future may be a good answer to the increasing aging population and the associated health care costs.