BE A SMART HEALTH INVESTOR

BE A SMART HEALTH INVESTOR

By Asritha Vissapragda  on: 14 November 2015
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You might be wondering how one can save money by eating healthy!!! A good lifestyle promotes health. If you are healthy you can cut down your medical expenses.  I want my audiences to envision the growing health care burden, what we can do to decrease the burden. I am presenting this article with few statistics to get a good picture of what it means to eat nutritious whole food. This is a small attempt to make people think about the big picture behind poor lifestyle and unhealthy diet.

 There is an enormous increase in health care cost. Statistics from NSSO (National Sample Survey Office) shows  that, there is 6.6 % to 6.9%increase in health care expenditure in rural INDIA and 5.2% to 5.5% increase in health expenditure in urban INDIA from 2004-2005 to 2011-2012. This means both rural and urban populations are equally spending money for attaining good health. People are requiring more hospitals apart from allotted government hospitals due to increase in waiting time and lack of facilities. Why are people getting frequently sick and visiting hospitals? This is because lack of proper hygiene and lack of health awareness among public. 

Below study by NSSO, explains us the increase in average hospitalization costs in both urban and rural INDIA (By NSSO first half of 2014).

 

Health expenditure is increasing; it is being unaffordable for public to get proper medical care. There is definitely a need to improve the infrastructure of government hospitals and make it affordable to general public. But it is equally important to increase health awareness programs to public and educate them to maintain good health conditions. Studies indicate that , in a low income family with a person with diabetes spends 25% of family income on diabetes Medicare. NSSO survey showed that Number of deaths due to chronic diseases is more when compared to communicable diseases.

 There is a need to serious call for action to educate the public about chronic diseases and how to prevent them.  Chronic diseases like Coronary Artery Disease(CAD), Ischemic stroke, Some specific cancers, diabetes, hypothyroid, obesity,  are all preventable.1.The following table indictes that lhealthy lifestyle changes and healthy diet help to prevent chornic diseases.

Dietary and lifestyle factors

CVD

Type 2 diabetes

Cancer

Dental disease

Fracture

Cataract

Birth defects

Obesity

Metabolic syndrome

Depression

Sexual dysfunction

Avoid smoking

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Pursue physical activity

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Avoid overweight

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Diet

Consume healthy types of fatsa

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Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

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Replace refined grains with whole grains

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Limit sugar intakeb

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Limit excessive calories

             

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Limit sodium intake

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So promote eating whole grains and legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables, encourage physical activity to stay fit, avoid eating high sugary, fatty, and junk food.  A small change towards healthy eating and lifestyle will bring a big change in your medical bills.  Spend wise when it comes to health.

 

References:

1.Walter C. Willett, Jeffrey P. Koplan, Rachel Nugent, Courtenay Dusenbury, Pekka Puska, and Thomas A. Gaziano; Prevention of Chronic Disease by Means of Diet and Lifestyle Change;Chapter 44,  Disease control Priorities in Developing countries;

 


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I am Asritha.V. I am a Consulting Nutritionist. I did my masters in Applied Nutrition from U.S.A. I am a certified food and spirit practitioner. Worked for few months in Identity fitness studio.Guest speaker for Mahendra Retails Mom and Me stores in Hyderabad,  Delhi Public School Nacharam. Conducted 3 worksops for nutritional awareness, detox, nutragenomics respectively. I am an Independent nutrition consultant. I have my own clinic "Truly Nutrition" at street no#8 Hubsiguda, Hyderabad. I worked with  200  people to solve health problems by designing diet charts with chakra foods. I believe in nourishing whole self, so I also include mind,body,food way of treatment. Personal training on visualization techniques for whole body detox, stress, obesity are also available at my clinic.
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