Millennials aged 34 to 36 in 2017 were 11 percent less healthy than Gen Xers aged 34 to 36 in 2014, and had a double digit increase in diagnoses for eight of the top 10 health conditions.
Still, 83 percent of the 55 million millennials surveyed in 2017 considered themselves in good or excellent health, despite the BCBSA analysis revealing otherwise.
“Because significant health challenges are rising among millennials earlier than in previous generations, we must address these issues now,” said Nelson.
The report defines the following as the top 10 conditions affecting millennials, ranked by adverse health impact:
1. Major depression
2. Substance use disorder
3. Alcohol use disorder
6. Psychotic conditions
7. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
8. High cholesterol
9. Tobacco use disorder
10. Type 2 diabetes