The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics released some eye opening news recently. Over the past ten years, the number of middle aged people (45+) with two or more chronic health issues has increased. Seniors are most prone to developing diabetes and and high blood pressure.
From a survey taken in 1999-2000 and again 2009-2010, the number grew from 16% to 21%. These numbers increased in the elderly population.
The survery looked at a few common diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Many people postponed treatment due to inability to pay or simply didn't receive care. The percentage of people doing this was up 17% since the previous decade. Also, people who didn't get the necessary medical attention rose.
This elevation in sick people "presents a complex challenge to the U.S. health care system, both in terms of quality of life and expenditures for an aging population," says the report.
One way to help ward off some of these illnesses is being physically active and eating right. Obesity is a huge factor in developing health problems. Staying fit in middle age helps ensure a healthier life later on!