osteoportiseThis week’s member correspondence from the Washington DC-based Council for Responsible Nutrition suggests that just because National Osteoporosis Month has come to an end doesn’t mean we can disregard the importance of bone health and strategies for keeping our bones at their strongest. We need to do things year-round, such as participating in weight-bearing exercises, eating nutrient-rich foods and adding appropriate supplements when our diet falls short.

“The report, Smart Prevention – Health Care Cost Savings Resulting from the Targeted Use of Dietary Supplements, conducted by Frost & Sullivan through a grant from the Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation (CRNF), indicates that for U.S. women aged 55 plus, taking supplements that include magnesium at the preventive intake levels identified in the report can reduce the risk of having an osteoporosis-related medical event by 6 percent and lead to significant individual and societal health care savings.

“It’s widely known that taking calcium supplements for bone health is a smart idea, from a health prevention standpoint, as they can play a significant role in helping to hinder bone-related conditions such as osteoporosis,” said Steve Mister, president, CRNF. “Perhaps what’s less known is the role of magnesium in bone health. This economic report reinforces the importance of magnesium supplementation, shedding light on the other side of the coin—those who are already coping with osteoporosis—and how magnesium supplementation not only provides a health benefit, but a financial one, as well, through helping prevent medical events related to osteoporosis. Falls and bone breaks are not only painful, but costly.

“In particular, the report indicates that if women over the age of 55 with osteoporosis take bone health supplements, including magnesium at preventive levels, the following economic impacts can be seen over the next several years:

  • 548,000 osteoporosis-related medical events can be avoided between 2013 and 2020;
  • $6.8 billion in avoided expenditures could be realized cumulatively between 2013 and 2020; and
  • $4.8 billion in savings could be realized cumulatively between 2013 and 2020.

“To achieve the report findings, Frost & Sullivan conducted a systematic review of scientific research in peer-reviewed, published studies that looked at a relationship between magnesium supplement intake and the risk of an osteoporosis-attributed event. The firm then projected the rates of osteoporosis-attributed medical events across U.S. women over the age of 55 with osteoporosis and applied a cost-benefit analysis to determine the cost savings if people in this targeted population took magnesium supplements at preventive intake levels.”

Ellen Troyer, MT MA Voting Member, Council for Responsible Nutrition

PEARL: $6.8 billion in health care costs linked to falls and fractures could be saved in the next six years through education and lifestyle choices that include increased attention to weight-bearing exercise and nutrient intake. Hopefully, that enormous number gets our readers attention.

Biosyntrx powered SightC+ was designed for those who prefer to safely mega dose vitamin C. It’s appropriately buffered with biochemically balanced calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and boron at levels considered optimal for bone absorption. The cost is approximately 25 cents a day, with the potential to prevent pain, suffering and even death (25 percent of older people who break a hip or leg die from complications of the break).

One of our brilliant scientific advisors, ophthalmologist, Thomas Leland, MD, PhD, is founder of the Falls and Fractures Alliance devoted to addressing this healthcare crisis. We will discuss the role other nutrients play in balance, falls and fractures in an upcoming Friday Pearl.

References for today’s PEARL, plus a surgical instrument announcement from our friends at Crestpoint Management can be found here.