US produce prescriptions for patients with diabetes might save billions in health care costs

Produce prescription programs could save the US at least $40 billion in medical bills. This is one of the outcomes of a report by Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy researchers. The new study was published June 30 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Their modeled implementation of a nationwide produce prescription program—which would provide free or discounted fruits and vegetables to eligible Americans living with diabetes —projected extensive reductions in national rates of cardiovascular disease and associated healthcare costs.

While produce prescriptions have definable benefits for health—for example, improving blood sugar control, body weight, and blood pressure levels—long-term national effects of this promising strategy, if fully implemented, had not previously been investigated.


Publication date:

Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here

Other news in this sector:

Sign up for our daily Newsletter and stay up to date with all the latest news!

Subscribe I am already a subscriber

You are using software which is blocking our advertisements (adblocker).

As we provide the news for free, we are relying on revenues from our banners. So please disable your adblocker and reload the page to continue using this site.

Click here for a guide on disabling your adblocker.