Oral Nutritional Supplements Demonstrate Significant Health And Cost Benefits

“In addition to the numerous retrospective studies focused on health economics and outcomes research in our pipeline, nearly all of our clinical research studies now include an economic analysis to help demonstrate a nutritional therapy’s total value proposition.” ### About the Study The Impact of Oral Nutritional Supplementation on Hospital Outcomes” study is a retrospective data analysis on the effect of oral nutritional supplements on hospital economic outcomes. The study compared hospital stays where oral nutritional supplements were provided with similar hospital stays that did not provide oral nutritional supplements. The difference between length of hospital stay and cost of treatment (including supplies, labor, depreciation of equipment, etc.) were measured. The probability of 30-day hospital readmission also was calculated.
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Supplements for Women’s Health

He challenges what he says is a widely held belief that the older people get, the more vitamins and mineral supplements they need. The scientific backup for that doesnt exist, he says. “We know too little to suggest there is a greater need in the elderly for most of these vitamins and minerals.” “A supplement does not cure the aging process,” he says. And in some cases, supplements may do harm, he says.
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Do Older Adults Need Vitamins, Supplements?

Taking such health supplements is a good way to supply the deficient nutrients and improve health. There are specific womens dietary supplements for specific vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. There are complete nutrition supplements which provide almost all the essential nutrients in a capsule, tablet, or tonic. There are age specific supplements for elderly women and for pregnant women called prenatal vitamins. There are also some that are recommended to be taken immediately after puberty. Womens health supplements are merely supplements and not substitutes for food.
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Oral Supplements can Cut Down the Cost and Time of Hospital Stay, Study

Additionally, the 30-day readmission risk was significantly reduced for patients with at least one known subsequent readmission. The study is being presented this weekend at the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) annual congress in Leipzig, Germany, where it will be highlighted as one of the conference’s three “Best Abstracts.” The meeting is a leading conference in clinical nutrition, bringing together participants from more than 80 countries. The study analyzed more than 1 million adult inpatient cases in the U.S., and found that patients provided oral nutritional supplements during hospitalization benefited from: 21 percent, or 2.3 day, reduction in length of stay 21.6 percent, or $4,734, reduction in patient hospitalization cost Additionally, there was a 6.7 percent reduction in the probability of a 30-day readmission in patients who had at least one known subsequent readmission and were provided oral nutritional supplements during the previous hospitalization. The study, which also was recently published in the American Journal of Managed Care, provides insights into the economic benefits of prescribing oral nutritional supplements to adult patients in the hospital setting. “Patients identified as having nutritional deficiencies often face a longer and more difficult recovery process, resulting in higher health care costs and an increase in complication rates,” said Marinos Elia, MD, BSc Hon, FRCP, Professor of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism at University of Southampton. “Research demonstrates that oral nutritional supplementation can lead to highly positive economic benefits and improved patient outcomes.” In the study, investigators were able to determine differences in length of stay and costs by comparing hospital stays where oral nutritional supplements were prescribed to patients with similar conditions where oral nutritional supplements weren’t prescribed. “Because oral nutritional supplements are formulated to provide advanced nutrition and calories for patients and are relatively inexpensive to provide, the sizeable savings they generate make supplementation a cost-effective therapy,” said study co-author, Tomas Philipson Ph.D., Daniel Levin Chair of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
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