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Estimated Healthcare Cost Savings Associated with Optimal Dairy Food Intake

Consuming 3 to 4 servings of dairy foods each day as part of a healthful diet could lead to a reduction in healthcare costs of $26 billion in the first year and more than $200 billion over five years, according to a recent report (7). This report, which takes into account approximately100 studies dating from1980 to 2002, is one of the first to analyze how small dietary changes may contribute to significant healthcare cost savings and a healthier population. Using data from randomized controlled trials and prospective longitudinal studies, the researchers evaluated the effects of increasing dairy food intake to optimal levels to increase calcium intake on nine common medical disorders (i.e., obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, stroke, kidney stones, osteoporosis, colorectal cancer, and pregnancyrelated complications), at least one of which affects most Americans (7).


Increasing consumption of dairy foods to 3 to 4 servings/day could significantly decrease the risk of several chronic diseases and lead to healthcare cost savings of $26 billion in the first year and more than $200 billion in 5 years.



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Dairy’s Health Benefits

Getting three servings of low-fat or fat-free, nutrient-rich dairy foods every day plays a crucial role in helping to promote bone health, healthy blood pressure and a healthy weight.

Dairy’s Unique Nutrient Combination

Together, low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt deliver a unique combination of nutrients. Learn more about these nine essential nutrients and their role in building strong bones, a healthy diet, and more.