High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and asthma are among the chronic health conditions affecting over half of young U.S. adults, according to new federal data.
Researchers from the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 54% of Americans between ages 18 and 34 suffer from at least one chronic condition, with obesity, depression, and high blood pressure most prevalent. Almost one in every four (22%) have two or more of these conditions, with binge drinking, smoking, and physical inactivity among the underlying causes.
“Because chronic conditions become more prevalent with age, a focus on prevention and risk factors is essential for health across the life span,” the research team wrote, adding that these conditions all contribute to higher risk of diseases like heart disease and diabetes in later years.
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