Improved diet can lower health insurance costs

A recent warning from the American Heart Association underscores the dangers of a high-sugar diet, which can be a factor in driving up health insurance costs for many Americans.

A recent warning from the American Heart Association underscores the dangers of a high-sugar diet, which can be a factor in driving up health insurance costs for many Americans.

According to the organization, a high-fructose diet causes increased blood pressure, especially in men. High fructose levels can be found in soda and other sweetened beverages, as well as in some sugar-rich foods.

"When you give fructose to animals, they absolutely develop every feature of metabolic syndrome: they get abdominal fat, high triglycerides, low HDL, their blood pressure goes up and they get insulin resistance," Dr. Richard Johnson said in the group's recent announcement.

Specifically, high fructose consumption enhances certain risk factors that in time can often turn into type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

One way to reduce fructose in one's diet is to replace heavily sweetened beverages and foods with more fruit because of its higher nutritional value and lower levels of fructose, which is widely used by companies because it is a cheaper way to sweeten products.

By taking some steps to ward off diabetes and heart disease now, people can save considerably on their future health insurance costs while also significantly increasingly their life expectancy rate.

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Posted: September 29, 2009

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