Simple Steps Can Make Big Differences

July 31, 2009 by Kathy Nellor

Recently two studies published in the July/August 2009 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion highlighted the power of simple things to solve major health care problems. The purpose of the study was to model the potential national health benefits and medical savings from reduced daily intake of calories, sodium and saturated fat among the U.S. adult population. Here’s what they found:

1) By permanently reducing caloric consumption in US adults by 100 calories per day:

• 71.2 million cases of overweight/obesity would be eliminated

• We would save about $58 billion annually in medical costs

• Productivity would increase by about $45.7 billion annually

So how can you reduce your calorie intake by 100 calories? Do you drink non diet soft drinks? One 16 ounce can contains at least 250 calories. For more ideas on how to reduce your diet by 100 calories go to 100 Ways to Cut 100 Calories and read the brochure titled “Portion Your Platter.”

2)By permanently reducing sodium intake by 400 milligrams per day among those with uncontrolled hypertension:

• 1.5 million cases of hypertension would be eliminated

• We would save $2.3 billion annually in medical costs

• Productivity would increase by about $2.5 billion annually

For more information about how to reduce your sodium intake go to the following National Heart Lung and Blood Institutes Web site:http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp/prevent/sodium/sodium.htm. Also read more about how you can control your blood pressure in the Blood Pressure Guide.

3) By permanently reducing saturated fat intake by 5 grams per day among those with elevated cholesterol:

• 3.9 million cases would be eliminated

• We would save $2.0 billion annually in medical costs

For more information on how to manage cholesterol check out Managing Cholesterol.

Tags:  Weight Management, High Blood Pressure, Controlling Cholesterol, Sodium Intake, Fat Intake, Calorie Control