Analysis

Increasing intake of grain fibre in Australia

Healthcare expenditure and productivity cost savings

Nutrition Research Australia engaged Deloitte Access Economics to provide the methodology and analysis for a research paper on the potential savings in healthcare expenditure and productivity costs associated with lower prevalence of CVD and T2D using grain fibre to increase average daily intake of dietary fibre in Australian adults.

An ageing population and growing prevalence of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) are putting increased pressure on Australian healthcare system. Improved health outcomes and economic savings can be realised through dietary changes and lifestyle modifications to reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Consumption of grain fibre (fibre from grain foods) has been shown to reduce the risk of CVD and T2D. However, less than one in five Australian adults met the suggested dietary target for dietary fibre recommended to reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Kellogg Australia commissioned Nutrition Research Australia to conduct this research. Nutrition Research Australia engaged Deloitte Access Economics as a third party consultant on the methodology and the analysis. This research assessed the potential savings in healthcare expenditure and productivity costs associated with lower prevalence of CVD and T2D using grain fibre to increase average daily intake of dietary fibre in Australian adults.

The research found that if Australian adults use grain fibre to reach the adequate intake level of daily dietary fibre (25g for women, 30g for men), the potential savings are substantial at $1.5 billion dollars. The total combined economic savings could potentially reach $3.3 billion.

Published: December 2017

Healthcare expenditure and productivity cost savings resulting from increased intake of grain fibre in Australia
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