Remember the saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? Well, a study recently brought that phrase to life, yet again. Taking a calcium and vitamin D supplement, costing cents per day, after menopause will save an estimated $12 billion in healthcare costs over the next 7 years. Cents to dollars, ounces to pounds.
How can so much money be saved with a simple supplement?
Osteoporosis is the most prevalent bone disease in the US. There is a direct link between low estrogen levels and osteoporosis. Any time estrogen levels are low, including during menopause, loss of bone exceeds the building of new bone. This leads to thinning bone and risk of fractures. With the high cost of medical expenses and days of lost productivity, the price tag for one fracture can be high, especially if surgery is needed. There is a calculated 18.6% decrease in relative risk of fracture when taking a calcium and vitamin D supplement. 18.6%!
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