New study shows decreased risk of heart disease from replacing saturated fats with monounsaturated fats nets significant healthcare savings
The findings are based on a growing body of research demonstrating the benefits to heart health of replacing saturated fats with MUFAs, and come at a time when experts estimate healthcare costs will continue to increase faster than overall inflation and employee wages. Heart disease remains the No. 1 cause of death in
“To put our results in perspective, we found the reduction in heart disease that would result from Americans substituting MUFAs for saturated fats in their diet could lead to a healthcare cost savings that is four times the size of CDC’s annual budget,” said
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About the Study
This economic modeling study was designed to estimate the healthcare cost savings of reductions in heart disease associated with changing from a diet high in saturated fats to a diet higher in monounsaturated fats. The study uses data from the 2000-2010
A growing body of evidence suggests that dietary MUFA, especially as a substitute for saturated fat, helps reduce risk factors for metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. A diet high in MUFA has been associated with a positive impact on cardiovascular health, including a reduction in blood pressure, a reduction in total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, triglycerides (fat in blood) and total-to-HDL cholesterol ratio, plus improved insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism.