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Study Finds Dietary Supplements Have a Positive Impact on Quality of Life for Cancer Patients

WEST HILLS, Calif., January 11, 2022 / PRNewswire / – A study published in Cancers have found that adequate nutrition through food and dietary supplements provides a cost-effective strategy to achieve potentially optimal health and improved quality of life (QOL) in cancer survivors, who are at risk of malnutrition due to their disease and its treatment. The cost of hospitalizing people with chronic illnesses can also impact quality of life.

Led by Pharmavite, the makers of Nature Made vitamins and supplements, the study found that cancer survivors who used dietary supplements reported a higher quality of life than survivors who did not use supplements. The use of supplements was associated with an additional QALY of 0.48 (quality-adjusted life years; a unit of measure used in predicting quality and length of life after medical or surgical treatment).

The study not only found an improvement in quality of life, but it provides evidence to support the cost-effectiveness of dietary supplementation for cancer survivors for long-term health and well-being, at the cost of $ 1.00 per day. In addition, after 6 years of supplement use, the benefit of reduced hospital costs outweighs the cost of dietary supplementation. More research is needed to determine the effects of specific nutrient doses and supplementation on long-term health outcomes by cancer type.

“While achieving adequate nutrition through diet remains the gold standard, filling key nutrient gaps through food alone continues to present a challenge for the general population, let alone those affected by cancer. the ability to consume and absorb nutrients, even after treatment has ended. Said Dr. Susan mitmesser, Vice-President, Science and Technology, Pharmavite. “This study reveals the need for dietary supplements to be part of the post-treatment conversation between patients and their healthcare providers.”

The main additional findings of the study include:

  • Adequate nutrition is a cost-effective way to promote the health and well-being of cancer survivors.
  • 68% of cancer survivors said they had used supplements in the past 30 days. Between 1/3 and 2/3 of cancer patients do not discuss their supplement use with their healthcare professional. Use of the supplement was estimated at cost $ 3,650 over 10 years, with a cost of $ 1.00 one day
  • The use of supplements in cancer survivors was associated with a lower likelihood of hospitalization and death from all causes (with and with previous hospitalization).

The study is based on current patterns of real-life dietary supplement use in people diagnosed with cancer. Cancer diagnosis was assessed using a nationally representative dataset, NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012) * and hospital costs were assessed using MEPS (Medical Expenditure Panel Survey) which provides estimates of health care utilization, expenses, source of payment, and health insurance coverage.

Amy L. Razor, Therese A. Tufuor, Jing Nie, Shauna Ekimura, Keri marshall, Susan Hazels Mitmesser and Katia Noyes. Cost-effectiveness of nutrient supplementation in cancer survivors. Cancers.
https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6694/13/24/6276/htm

* The 2011-2012 NHANES survey was the most recent survey that made this information available.

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