Eating fruits and vegetables can save on health insurance costs

People who are shopping for health insurance coverage may want to consider their age as one factor that will determine how much they pay.

One important way to avoid medical problems that can dramatically increase the price of one's health insurance in the future is to maintain a proper diet.

That's because obesity and poor nutrition, as well as lack of exercise, can lead to diabetes and heart disease, which are pre-existing conditions that insurance companies routinely increase the price of policies to cover. These conditions can also dramatically shorten a person's life expectancy.

With that in mind, the Centers for Disease Control recently announced that Americans are falling dramatically behind when it comes to getting their recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables.

The CDC's Healthy People 2010 goals call for 75 percent of the American public to have two or more servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables each day. However, recent government statistics show that only 33 percent of adults are meeting the fruit recommendation and 27 percent are eating enough vegetables.

These figures are even lower for high school students, suggesting that more people in the coming years could find themselves paying more for health insurance in the coming years while also struggling with issues like heart disease and obesity.

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Posted: September 29, 2009

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