Socioeconomic Status Linked to Quality of Diet
Unfortunately, one of the team’s findings was something that many people are already aware of, which is that dietary habits are closely linked to an individual’s socioeconomic status. They found survey participants who already had healthy diets also exercised regularly and tended to be wealthier. On the flip side, individuals with lower incomes were more likely to have poor eating habits and a much higher likelihood of having health problems liked to their poor diets. Unfortunately, more health problems translate to higher healthcare spending. Each year, patients with diabetes spend an estimated $245 billion, and a woman suffering from diabetes can expect to spend about $283,000 throughout her lifetime.
All Things in Moderation
Although we’ve established that processed, sugary, high-in-fat foods are best avoided, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a slice of birthday cake or a hamburger every once in a while. According to many nutrition studies, excessive consumption of these foods increases the risk of cardiometabolic diseases. So, all things in moderation.
The food pyramid already details the basic guidelines about how much of a particular food group you should eat each day. For instance, sugary foods should not exceed 10 percent of your daily calories. By making smart decisions about what you eat, you will be able to lower your risk of heart disease and other cardiometabolic diseases so you can go onto live a long, healthy life.
What do you think? Does your office have a recommendation on how to combat the risk of cardiometabolic diseases?