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Legume Intake Is Associated with Potential Savings in Coronary Heart Disease-Related Health Care Costs in Australia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Legume intake has been associated with lower risk for a number of chronic disorders of high financial burden, and is advocated by dietary guidelines as an important part of healthy dietary patterns. Still, the intake of legumes generally falls short of the recommended levels in most countries around the world despite their role as an alternative protein source. The aim of this study was to assess the potential savings in costs of health care services that would follow the reduction in incidences of coronary heart disease (CHD) when adult consumers achieve a targeted level of 50 g/day of legumes intake in Australia. A cost-of-illness analysis was developed using estimates of current and targeted legumes intake in adults (age 25+ y), the estimated percent reduction in relative risk (95% CI) of CHD following legumes intake, and recent data on health care costs related to CHD in Australia. A sensitivity analysis of ���very pessimistic��� through to ���universal��� scenarios suggested savings in CHD-related health care costs equal to AUD 4.3 (95% CI 1.2���7.4) to AUD 85.5 (95% CI 23.3���147.7) million annually. Findings of the study suggest an economic value of incorporating attainable levels of legumes within the dietary behaviors of Australians. Greater prominence of legumes in dietary guidelines could assist with achieving broader sustainability measures in relation to diet, helping to bring together the environment and health as an important pillar in relation to sustainability.

UOW Authors


  •   Grafenauer, Sara

Publication Date


  • 2022

Citation


  • Abdullah, M. M. H., Hughes, J., & Grafenauer, S. (2022). Legume Intake Is Associated with Potential Savings in Coronary Heart Disease-Related Health Care Costs in Australia. Nutrients, 14(14). doi:10.3390/nu14142912

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85135119918

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 14

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Legume intake has been associated with lower risk for a number of chronic disorders of high financial burden, and is advocated by dietary guidelines as an important part of healthy dietary patterns. Still, the intake of legumes generally falls short of the recommended levels in most countries around the world despite their role as an alternative protein source. The aim of this study was to assess the potential savings in costs of health care services that would follow the reduction in incidences of coronary heart disease (CHD) when adult consumers achieve a targeted level of 50 g/day of legumes intake in Australia. A cost-of-illness analysis was developed using estimates of current and targeted legumes intake in adults (age 25+ y), the estimated percent reduction in relative risk (95% CI) of CHD following legumes intake, and recent data on health care costs related to CHD in Australia. A sensitivity analysis of ���very pessimistic��� through to ���universal��� scenarios suggested savings in CHD-related health care costs equal to AUD 4.3 (95% CI 1.2���7.4) to AUD 85.5 (95% CI 23.3���147.7) million annually. Findings of the study suggest an economic value of incorporating attainable levels of legumes within the dietary behaviors of Australians. Greater prominence of legumes in dietary guidelines could assist with achieving broader sustainability measures in relation to diet, helping to bring together the environment and health as an important pillar in relation to sustainability.

UOW Authors


  •   Grafenauer, Sara

Publication Date


  • 2022

Citation


  • Abdullah, M. M. H., Hughes, J., & Grafenauer, S. (2022). Legume Intake Is Associated with Potential Savings in Coronary Heart Disease-Related Health Care Costs in Australia. Nutrients, 14(14). doi:10.3390/nu14142912

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85135119918

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 14

Place Of Publication