How Do We Deal With The Health Implications Of The Aging Population? Omega 3 And Aging.
Prevention helps, and Omega 3 DHA can help in prevention of various health conditions
There is little doubt that modern demographics are changing. In the more developed world we are seeing an ageing population as the baby boomer generation moves through the 60s and 70s, and predictions are, in Australia at least, (according to the Australian Government’s Intergenerational Report, 2010) that by the year 2050 the over 65 is will make up greater than 20 percent of the total population.
As a result much one of the biggest issues facing our society is health care for older people. As the population ages the pressure on the health care system increases dramatically, posing various pressures on financial resources allocated to it by the government.
In Australia the government is trying hard to overcome these challenges. For example there are now significant steps undertaken by the government to help reduce pressure on the public health system, for example by encouraging the uptake of private health insurance. This is achieved by offering a substantial government rebate to individuals who take up private health insurance, thereby offering a significant incentive to do so as well as reducing the cost to the taxpayer.
Because of course anyone taking out private health insurance will reduce the burden on the government purse of supplying free healthcare through the health care system.
Not only is the government attempting to make citizens more responsible for their own health care, they are also attempting to make citizens more responsible for their own retirement with various requirements all directed at increasing the retirement funds available to individuals through their own savings.
What has all this to do with Omega 3 I hear you ask? Simply this.
As they say an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Prevention of health problems is cheap, the cure of health problems is expensive, and the costs are often ongoing for chronic diseases.
One of the better ways of helping prevent various chronic health conditions which manifest themselves in older people is to ensure an adequate intake of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, and in particular DHA. There is substantial evidence that for everyone, but particularly for older people, increasing the intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids in our diet is well worth the small cost.
As we’ve said elsewhere on this website there’s a range of debilitating diseases which afflict primarily older people. Macular degeneration, for example, is a condition of the eye affecting older people and which is the leading cause of blindness in older people.
Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is also a disease that is much more common (though not exclusive) to older people, as is arthritis, vascular disease, heart disease and much more.
There is substantial evidence that those of us who have diets very low in the Omega 3 essential fatty acids may well benefit from increasing our intake of the Omega 3 fats, particularly DHA, and that this increase may well have positive benefits at helping ameliorate the risks of these types of diseases.
Of course simply increasing your intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids does not remove the risks of developing these diseases, however there is considerable evidence that increasing the Omega 3 intake may well have some preventative effect.
Over and over studies are showing that as our diet changes, and as seafood is gradually removed from a diet, (seafood being the major source of the omega 3 fats in the past) there is a growing risk of many of these diseases.
There is no doubt that governments are struggling to deal with the implications of an ageing population, and one of the most serious implications is to budgets worldwide as health-care costs soar as the baby boomer demographic bulge moves through into and past retirement age.
This produces substantial challenges, and increasing public awareness of the health benefits of the Omega 3 fats is only one small way of dealing with this. But it is certainly one of the important aspects of the mix.To find out more about Peter Click Here
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