Growth In Midlife Chronic Health Problems

health checkA wide scale survey of adults born in 1970 has found that over a third have developed 2 or more chronic health conditions by their late 40s. 

At age 46-48 (in 2016-18) the survey found that of the 8,000 people asked, 34% had developed at least two chronic health conditions. Those mentioned most commonly were:

  • 26% high risk drinking
  • 21% recurrent back problems
  • 29% mental health problems
  • 16% high blood pressure
  • 12% asthma or bronchitis
  • 8% arthritis
  • 5% diabetes

diDr Dawid Gondek, lead researcher on the study, explained that the data was worrying to reveal such widespread issues before the age of 50:

“This study provides concerning new evidence about the state of the nation’s health in midlife. It shows that a substantial proportion of the population are already suffering from multiple long-term physical and mental health problems in their late 40s, and also points to stark health inequalities, which appear to begin early in childhood.”

He added:

““Compared to previous generations, it appears that the health of British adults in midlife is on the decline.”

The survey also found that adults who had experienced physical and mental health problems as children, (e.g. lower birthweight, higher BMI, emotional and behavioural issues) were also more likely to suffer from multiple chronic health problems later in life.

Prof George Ploubidis from UCL’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies said this underlined the importance of early intervention:

“If these links reflect causal effects, policy and practice targeting these core areas in childhood and adolescence may improve the health of future generations and alleviate potential pressures on the NHS.”

However, even later in life, experts stressed that lifestyle changes can make a difference. Key changes include:

  • Stop smoking
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Eat well with a healthy, varied diet
  • Take regular exercise
  • Get enough sleep

The message is that it’s never ‘too late’ to identify the issues and take action to improve your health.

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