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March 2015 Health Trends Stats

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1,144-1,757 Calories

One typical large cheeseburger from a leading fast-food chain, with fries and a regular cola, is all it takes to eat that many calories, according to scientists at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. For most adults, those calories make up between 57 and 88 percent of their daily required total, leaving little room for other meals and snacks.

80%

The percentage of doctors who recommend dietary supplements to their patients, according to a survey of 150 physicians and 914 patients for AccentHealth, a patient education media company. When patients tell their doctors they want to take certain supplements, 94% of those doctors typically agree.

$12 Billion

That’s how much money that could be saved in health-care costs, by 2020, if all postmenopausal women in the United States took calcium and vitamin D supplements, according to a study by the Council for Responsible Nutrition. Currently, only 29 percent of postmenopausal women over the age of 55 take such supplements, which help prevent osteoporosis, falls, and fractures that reduce independence.