Chronic health issues for third in late 40s – study

Chronic health issues for third in late 40s - study
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Daily US Times: A long-running British study suggests that about one in three middle-aged people has multiple chronic health issues.

The 1970 British Cohort Study has been periodically tracking the lives of about 17 thousand people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week.

Nearly 8,000 of them were surveyed for the University College London work, published in journal BMC Public Health.

And 34% of surveyed had two or more chronic health issues, such as mental ill-health and high blood pressure, at age 46-48.

The most commonly recorded health problems were:

  • high-risk drinking – 26%
  • mental-health problems – 19%
  • high blood pressure – 16%
  • recurrent back problems – 21%
  • Arthritis, asthma, type 2 diabetes or bronchitis also featured.

Dr Dawid Gondek, the lead researcher of the long-running study, said he was surprised and worried to see how many had health issues while “still relatively young”.

He said: “A substantial proportion of the population are already suffering from multiple long-term physical and mental-health problems in their late 40s.”

Dr Gondek said that it is not a good prospect for an aging population that you can expect to live longer but many in poor health.

High blood pressure and Diabetes were both more common among those who were obese.

Those who experienced ill mental health as a teenager or those from poorer backgrounds were also more likely to have poor health conditions.

And the researchers suggest targeted public health interventions in adolescence and childhood might improve the outcomes of future generations.

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