Most people know that a healthy diet can reduce your risk of developing heart disease. But what if you’ve already been diagnosed? Can what you eat have a positive impact on your health or the amount you spend on health care?
The answer for many people is yes, according to research conducted this year by Project Angel Heart, a Colorado nonprofit that prepares and delivers medically tailored meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses, and the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC). The study used medical claims data from more than 700 Project Angel Heart clients to compare their total monthly medical costs before, during, and after they received meal deliveries.
While receiving medically tailored meals, total monthly medical costs for people living with congestive heart failure decreased by 26 percent, an average cost savings of $735 per month per person. Continue reading