Theme 5 looked at the
economic costs associated with early nutrition programming and the potential
savings from effective interventions. It performed a
comprehensive health economic analysis of pre- and postnatal nutritional interventions with long-term
programming effects on adult health, well-being and performance. It
took account of all social costs and benefits over the whole human lifecycle in
different European member states. This involved the:
Identification of European member states
with available data regarding baseline exposures, morbidity, health care
Modelling of cost effectiveness for
different interventions in different countries of, for example, the increase of one unit
on the IQ scale, or the reduction of overweight or the reduction of relative risk
(RR) of a disease or disease risk factor.
Definition of the monetary net gain from the
reduction in one RR unit, one percent of overweight etc. for different
interventions in different member states.
Integration of the new found results and
information about medical effects of pre- and postnatal nutritional
interventions from the consortium into previous health economic
European data on stroke and
CHD morbidity, CVD mortality and hypertension prevalence has been collected
together and can be downloaded.