Excess omega-6 actions cause financial losses

healthcare costs nix6 eat3Occupational medicine experts describe the cost of health care that employees and employers have every year. The rank-order of the top 25 most frequent health conditions are shown at the left. While employees share costs for medical and pharmacy items, employers manage the health-related losses due to absenteeism (not at work). They also have large  loss from presenteeism (at work while impaired).  Financial loss may be 2 to 3 times more for the latter two than for medical and pharmacy costs.

The top 10 most expensive healthcare conditions for overall financial loss are also listed in the table. Most of the 25 most prevalent health conditions have preventable excessive omega-6 actions that can be reduced with effective wellness programs.

Omega-6 eicosanoids act at selective receptors on nearly every tissue in the body.  They can affect nearly every major human physiological process. Excess actions of omega-6 eicosanoids move healthy physiology toward pathophysiology. They may raise the risk for harm during inflammation and immune function, arthritis, asthma, COPD, back pain, headache, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular diseases, bone density loss, cancer proliferation, Alzheimer’s disease, brain development, learning and memory, behavioral disorders, oppositional behaviors, depression and suicide.

Most causes of healthcare costs are made worse by over-actions of omega-6 eicosanoids.

Also, many causes of death are worsened by excess omega-6 actions. Plan to Nix6, Eat3.  Many different drugs lower the risk of harm from omega-6 eicosanoid over-reactions. Fortuately, omega-3 nutrients also lower the risk of harm from omega-6 eicosanoid over-reactions. The %n-6 in HUFA is useful in health risk assessment, and it is reduced by functional foods with positive Omega 3-6 Balance Sores.

updated May, 2015