More than 75 percent of health care costs are attributed to chronic illness, most of which are controllable, if not preventable. Here are some ways to save on health care spending:

More than 75 percent of health care costs are attributed to chronic illness, most of which are controllable, if not preventable. Here are some ways to save on health care spending:


Know your numbers. It is important that you know your optimal range for health markers, such as blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. This allows you to take steps to lessen your risk of chronic and costly diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.


Invest in prevention. Get health screenings and vaccines as advised. What you spend on an annual flu shot will more than make up for costs you would incur if you got sick, like doctor visits and medication.


Money is where your mouth is. The same bacteria that causes gum disease has been implicated in other major health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and premature births. For prevention, the American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day and flossing every day.


Stop spending on sugar. Your sweet tooth is very expensive. Saving anywhere from $5 to $20 a week that you'd normally spend on sugary treats translates into savings of $1,000 a year, not to mention the calories saved.


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