In Australia, we’re lucky enough to have one of the best lifestyles in the world. Plenty of sunshine, beautiful parks and beaches, and an abundance of good and healthy food. There’s no reason for Australians to be out of shape.
Unfortunately, despite our blessings, and a pretty good awareness of health and wellbeing, the general state of the Australian population does not seem to be improving.
For a number of years, the most common killers in Australia have been heart disease and cancer. Believe it or not, they’re actually becoming more common.
While some of this can be attributable to our ageing population, it’s also largely due to the fact that many Australians live with a combination of poor diet and a lack of physical activity.
According to the heart foundation, around 80% of cardiovascular disease is largely preventable. Likewise, Diabetes Australia estimates that up to 60% of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented.
As a life insurance specialist, the impact of these illnesses on my clients and their families is something I see every day. And while it’s rewarding to be able to help people recover financially from serious illness, I’d much rather see it not happening in the first place!
When a life insurance company calculates your premiums, they take into account a number of risk factors – some of these include your age, gender, blood pressure, smoking status, your Body Mass Index (BMI), cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
If you fall into a high-risk category for some of these risk factors, it can be reflected in how much you pay for your insurance each year. These additional costs are called ‘loadings’.
By making changes to improve your lifestyle, you could reduce your high risk factors for serious illness. You can also ask your life insurance company to re-assess your insurance premiums – potentially reducing or removing your loadings.
Not only are you giving yourself a better quality of life now and in the future, you could also be saving yourself money. More importantly, you’ll be starting some good habits that could stay with you for a long and happy lifetime.
If you’d like to discuss how you can improve your lifestyle, and the potential to reduce the cost of your insurance, make an appointment with your Infocus Financial Planner to come in for a review.
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 ‘The shifting burden of cardiovascular disease’ – Report by Access Economics to the Australian Heart Foundation, 2005
 Media release – the Heart Foundation, 18 March 2009