Thursday, 1 May 2014

Study finds that healthy eaters use more medical services

Researchers from Monash University along with the National Defense Medical Centre, Taiwan, and the National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan, found that although men and women aged over 65 years who ate healthily had shorter stays in hospital, they were strong users of other medical services.
The study entitled Dietary Diversity Predicts Type of Medical Expenditure in Elders, co authored by DEPM's Professor Mark Wahlqvist highlighted that elderly individuals with better dietary quality, required fewer emergency and hospitalisation services but obtained more preventive and ambulatory care. The findings have important implications for nutrition-related health service policy.

Professor Walhlqvist said that economic factors played an inescapable role in the development of health policies, but the medical costs of diet-related and nutritionally related diseases were rarely given attention.

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