A new survey suggests that nearly half of people over a thousand years have chronic health conditions.
About 44 percent of people born between 1981 and 1988 were diagnosed with at least one chronic disease, according to a CNBC / Harris survey.
The most common conditions of this group are migraine, depression, and asthma, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension are not far off.
For most conditions, older millennials have a higher rate of chronic illness than the general population, including older people.
And experts warn that the mysterious impact of ‘COVID-19’ could mean that rates of chronic health problems will rise in the years to come.
About 46 percent of the 831 millennials older than the 4,000 in the survey of 4,000 people said they had a chronic health condition (green) than their share in the general population (gray).
Gene therapy, artificial heart cancer treatment, vision restoration capabilities, and the measles vaccine, the world has made surprising advances in the treatment and even cures of many serious health problems.
But some of the most nagging and dangerous health problems continue to plague millions of Americans, and rates could rise at a younger age.
Among the 831 survey respondents aged 33 to 40, the survey found that 15 percent had hypertension, or hypertension.
That’s only half the rate in the general population. But the risk usually increases with age.By age 55-65, your risk of hypertension increases to 90 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Eleven percent of respondents said they had high cholesterol, which is at an increased risk with age.
And heart disease was found in half in this age group compared to the general population, with 4 percent being diagnosed as the number one killer among Americans.
Each condition has a web of underlying drivers, including a genetic predisposition.
But experts have a particular suspicion: obesity.
Currently, only 10 percent of the survey respondents report being obese, compared to 13 percent of the general population of those surveyed. (Survey was completed by more than 4,000 U.S. adults)
But obesity is generally higher in the United States, especially among young people.
Dr Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told CNBC there was no question that millennials had more health problems than doctors had predicted.
‘High blood pressure, diabetes and obesity cause a lot of these things.’
He added that obesity raises the risk of the other two conditions, as well as the risk of certain cancers such as colorectal cancer, which makes it alarmingly more noticeable to young people.
Yearly patients in the under 50 age group, the incidence of bowel cancer increased by about 2.2 percent each year between 2011 and 2016, and 18 percent of all patients in 2020 are expected to be among younger Americans. 50 years
The most common conditions in this group are migraine, depression, and asthma, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension are not far off.
Among the survey groups, cancer was as common among the younger generation and older, among millennials, as well as in the general population.
About four percent of 33 to 40 year olds said they had been diagnosed with cancer, compared to five percent of the survey group overall.
Millennials reported high levels of depression (23 percent), migraine (26 percent), asthma (19 percent), IBS (12 percent), and ADHD, a psychoactive disorder (10 percent).
They also had higher than average rates of alcohol and drug use. (Nine and eight percent respectively)
It’s too early to tell how the COVID-19 epidemic will affect chronic health rates. But the early warning signs are not good.
About one in 20 people with COVID-19 suffer from COVID-19 symptoms, which range from dyspnea to brain fog and fatigue, to name a few.
That suggests millions of millennials infected with the coronavirus may be dealing with a new set of chronic health problems, including a higher risk for known conditions.