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Discussion: Health And Healthcare III

Kind of related to this story, in a way:

It's really too bad, but it does seem that nutritional epidemiology is one of the least rigorous scientific disciplines.

In the 1950s, coca cola effectively bribed some scientists to argue that saturated fat rather than sugar was the dietary cause of heart disease. It's been downhill from there.

But here's an interesting tidbit I heard recently: within nature, breast milk is the only food that has both fat and sugar in ample quantities.

And separately, that's a sugar that the body absorbs slowly, and a saturated fat that's absorbed in a different place than most other saturated fats.

America is hurtling toward a gray trap​

It's little surprise that America is rapidly getting older — but now that we're at the brink of that demographic shift's major consequences, we're still completely unprepared.

Why it matters: It's not just that seniors are an increasing share of the population, which is a huge challenge in itself. The seniors of the future may also require care for longer, and aging inequalities are becoming more stark.

The big picture: Americans 65 and older will make up more than 20% of the population by 2030, according to Census Bureau projections, up from 17% in 2022. By 2050, they're projected to make up 23%.
  • One of the most obvious impacts of the aging population is on the federal budget, as spending on health programs — namely Medicare — is expected to swell.
  • But the change will be felt economy-wide: A smaller share of the population will be working age and, without drastic course correction, more may drop out of the labor force for caregiving responsibilities.

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