Posted: Feb 5, 2013 6:12 PM
Feb. 5, 2012 -- Today's baby boomers may live longer than their parents, but they are less healthy overall, a new study finds.
"U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, more disability, and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age," write the authors of the study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Dana King, MD, of the West Virginia University School of Medicine, analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey that focused on middle-aged respondents (aged 46 - 64) from two periods: 1988 to 1994 and 2007 to 2010.
The researchers compared the two groups on their self-reported health status, functional and work disability, healthy lifestyle characteristics, and whether they were affected by chronic diseases.
Some of their findings:
The researchers did account for other factors between the two groups, such as age, sex, race, and socioeconomic status. "The results indicated, after adjustment, that baby boomers remained more likely than the previous generation to have diabetes, hypertension; and [high cholesterol]," the authors write.