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Food-based approach to lowering cholesterol provides significant healthcare cost savings


Dr. Elizabeth Klodas, cardiologist and founder of Step One Foods, says that even though lipid-lowering drugs like statins are routinely subsidized by insurers, many people can’t or don’t want to take them, leaving a large number of people at a persistently increased risk of cardiovascular events. Credit: Step One Foods A new study is the first to show a food-based approach using clinically-proven diet interventions to lower cholesterol levels, such as Step One Foods, provides significant healthcare cost savings.

The study, publishing online in the journal Current Cardiology Reports , analyzed the healthcare costs associated with having elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels among commercially insured people 50 years old and over and Medicare users. The analysis found those with high LDL-C levels with commercial insurance incurred a medical cost of $242 per member per month (PMPM), or 44% higher than those with normal cholesterol levels , and a medical cost of $449 per member per month, or 66% higher those with normal cholesterol levels, in the Medicare target population.

“Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has hyperlipidemia, including 2 of 3 persons over age 65. LDL-C is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease which ultimately leads to much […]

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