Stop Hip Fractures And Health Expenses By Eating More Dairy



A European study looking into the influence of dairy food consumption habits relates to reduced risk of osteoporosis and expenses of hip fractures based on health economics among older patients aged 50 and above. In terms of cutting-health care costs, these findings may give patients alternatives from having to take medication therapy which may carry their own deadly adverse reactions, like some cases where bisphosphonates may induce renal failure.

This study utilized a new analytical model for comparing the significance of dairy consumption when linked it with fracture risk and health economics. The countries involved in the study included France, the Netherlands, and Sweden. These countries were selected based on varying levels of dairy product intake in their populations.

Researchers cited the need for the study based on the lack of accepted methodologies for assessing health-economics impact of foods on a general population in terms of health, wellness and costs.

We often get our calcium requirements from food sources – with the majority of our calcium needs coming from dairy products, which make up 60 to 70 percent of our regular consumption. Some food sources for calcium include greens and certain fish.   Other important nutrients may be found in dairy products besides calcium, such as, minerals, proteins, and vitamins, particularly vitamin D, which is just as important in building strong bones.

Low dietary calcium intake has been associated with reduced bone density and increased risk of osteoporosis, which can inevitably lead to an increased risk of fractures. Fractures are a very costly public health burden that can lead to increased mortality, disability, pain and loss of quality of life. Hip fractures often entail heavy health-economic costs in terms of huge hospital expenses, rehabilitation, and long-term nursing care.

The study authors analyzed the number of hip fracture cases linked with low nutritional calcium intake and the number of hip fractures that could potentially be avoided each year with additional intake of dairy products in terms of disability-adjusted life years lost. Among the countries in the study, France showed the highest benefit followed by Sweden and the Netherlands. All three countries posted a combined total savings in health costs amounting to 129 million in France, 34 million in Sweden, and 6 million Euros in the Netherlands.

The researchers recommend adequate nutritional intake and regular exercise from childhood onwards are both important factors in strengthening peak bone mass, may contribute to bone strength and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fractures later in life.

More on this study can be found on the online scientific journal ‘Osteoporosis International’.

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