How can a healthy diet reduce health expenses?

This week we are dedicating a blogpost to the correct diet and how much correct and healthy food choices can affect the decrease in medical expenses

Written Friday, by Emanuele Mortarotti

A new appointment with Dispotech’s blog updates, your disposable excellence. This week we are dedicating a blogpost to the correct diet and how much correct and healthy food choices can affect the decrease in medical expenses, inspired by an article published on marketwatch.com.

 

A study published in the scientific journal PLOS Medicine and conducted by Tufts University maintains that a diet based on healthy products significantly reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular problems and diabetes. Researchers have used computer models to calculate the incidence of medical prescriptions: assigning healthy food can save about $ 100 billion in healthcare costs.

The research team has been monitoring patients between the ages of 35 and 80, using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from the last three years. The study determined that, following a specific diet - consisting of several portions of fruit and vegetables per day - patients require less medical treatments. The saving in terms of money is very high, as is the very high rate of cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks (-1.93 million less cases), deaths (-350,000 cases), diabetes (-120,000 cases).

 

Other studies have also demonstrated that healthy nutrition can also bring enormous benefits to mental health; so-called junk food, on the other hand, besides making you fat, makes you nervous and restless.

The idea of food as a medicine has already generated interest in the medical world: the 2018 Farm Bill included $ 25 million in funds to draft and produce medical prescriptions of this kind. The state of California has seen fit to launch a 3-year campaign (costing 6 million dollars) that aims to offer a thousand patients suffering from type 2 diabetes a set of nutritious and healthy foods. Objective: to prevent patients from flocking to hospitals and nursing homes, enjoying the warmth of their home and family.

 

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