Baby Boomers Health Issues
The latest findings from The Center for Disease Control suggest that perhaps 50% of United
States citizens aged 55 to 64 suffer from elevated blood pressure and excess weight. Working in
concert, these two issues are widely accepted as the cause for the spike in the number of stroke
and cardiovascular disease victims. Furthermore, it is believed that escalating diabetes cases may
be linked to these sources.
People who identify as part of the baby boomers generation should carefully consider their short
and long term health. It may be that the solution to these issues is not as complex as once
believed. Increased exercise and diet consciousness must become a bigger part of the collective
awareness in order to overcome baby boomers health issues.
Modern studies indicate a relationship among increased diabetes cases and Alzheimer's disease.
Reportedly, the brain's insulin supply decreases naturally over time and patients develop a
detrimental shortage of insulin in the brain, purportedly escalating the onset of Alzheimer's
disease. As time goes on, middle-aged persons must be more proactive in promoting increased
awareness of personal health, not only for their own well-being but for the solvency of America's
health care system.
Unfortunately, these problems exist beyond the border of the United States. In Canada, many
issues have begun to appear in regards to the overall health of boomers. People of our generation
may actually be less healthy than those 30 years older or more, as an alarming increase in obesity
is gripping the baby boomer population. Currently, 25% of elderly citizens are overweight, as
opposed to a 33% obesity rate among Baby boomers. Notably, tobacco use among boomers is
more than double that of their older peers. Examining diets, physical activities, and amount of
sleep is of critical importance to these issues. Deteriorating health conditions among the boomers
will come with a hefty price tag down the road.
Baby boomers will be retiring en masse in coming years, and many plan to live for many years
after leaving their careers. Their futures may be in jeopardy unless the issues they face are
acknowledged and effectively resolved. Obesity is a significant point of consideration as it can
affect other facets of a person's health. Increased exercise and expanded access to medical care
must accompany better choices in terms of diet and food portions. Unless more resources are
dedicated to the cause, cases of Alzheimer's, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes could drastically