Study Finds Prescribing Fruits and Vegetables Could Reduce Future Healthcare Spending by $40 Billion

Implementing monthly produce prescription programs for people with diabetes could reduce healthcare spending by $40 billion, according to a new study from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

Results of the study, which used a validated microsimulation model and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data, found implementing produce prescriptions in adults with both diabetes and food insecurity could prevent nearly 300,000 cardiovascular events and generate more than 250,000 quality-adjusted life-years over a 25-year period, with the benefits in terms of health care cost and productivity savings outweighing implementation costs by an estimated $400 million.1

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