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May 31, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Study: “Baby Boomers” will be sicker than previous generations
A report by the United Health Foundation states that member of the “Baby Boom” generation are poised to have worse health and cost more to manage their health than earlier generations of seniors. The study, which examined current middle-aged population who will age into senior status (65+) over the next 14 years, found that current “middle-aged adults have a 55 percent higher prevalence of diabetes, a 25 percent higher prevalence of obesity and a nine percent lower prevalence of very good or excellent health status” than the previous generation of seniors.

Different kinds of mental health stigma
In an essay in the Washington Post, a student at Harvard Medical School describes his struggles with depression and explains the different kinds of mental health stigma he’s faced. He describes how he kept his condition secret, and explains how he faced “public stigma, or how people can look down on those with mental illness,” as well as “self-stigma, or how people with mental illness can look down on themselves.”

“Walkable” neighborhoods can help fight disease
Walking can reduce your risk for diabetes and obesity, so it’s best to live in a neighborhood that makes it easy to get out and exercise according to a new study published in JAMA. The report found “the prevalence of being overweight and obese was more than 10 percent lower in the one-fifth of neighborhoods rated highest for walkability than in the one-fifth rated lowest.”

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