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Study: Baby boomers unhealthier than previous generation

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  • Baby boomers have had the longest life expectancy than any other generation
  • However, they have higher rates of diabetes, obesity, hypertension and cholesterol
Study: Baby boomers unhealthier than previous generation

A new study is suggesting that many baby boomers are unhealthier than their previous generation.

Although the baby boom generation, which refers to the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964, have had the longest life expectancy than any other generation, researchers are now revealing their interesting findings.

The study says baby boomers have higher rates of diabetes, obesity, hypertension and cholesterol.

Dr. Dana King at the West Virginia University School of Medicine tells Time magazine, “Baby boomers are living longer, so I think there may be presumptions from that they are the healthiest generation. But they are not in excellent health while they are waiting around to live two to three years longer. Unfortunately they may be living longer with a greater burden of chronic disease, and more disability. It’s not exactly a good public health outcome.”

Dr. Elizabeth Hess added, "Now in our modern age, our jobs, our lifestyles really set around being sedentary. We don't move, we don't work outside as much and that was lead to overweight, obesity issues," WDTV reported.

The findings were published this month in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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