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Millennials, the insecurity makes them get sick more
A GENERATION hangs in the balance. So, the scientific journal The Lancet describes the condition of the Millennials in an article dedicated to the state of their health, present and future. The reflection is based on a report of over 30 pages, The Economic Consequences of Millennial Health, where those born between 1980 and 1996 are defined as one of the new generations of large, educated, and connected the world has ever seen, but also as one of the most unfortunate from the point of view of well-being : according to analysts, the Millennials may see their mortality rates rise by over 40% compared to the previous generation at the same age. A decline worrisome, the authors write, that will not only relate to health, but inevitably also the economic condition of the Generation Y, who is forced to pay more medical expenses, will earn less and will help in the worst way in the labour market. Because who is frequently sick is even less productive. The data on the costs of medical care is particularly relevant in America, where – unlike in Italy – the health system is largely private.

The report takes into account five conditions, high cholesterol, hypertension, disorders related to the use of tobacco, hyperactivity, and depression, and their growth between 2014 and 2017. The data show an increase each and every entry, but while the increase of the first three remains less than 20% (hypertension +16%; high cholesterol +12%; disorders related to the use of tobacco +7%), problems related to the mental health and behavioral almost rear. In three years, the hyperactivity disorder and depression are increased by 30%, while in 2017 the drug overdose, and suicide account for 60% of deaths among those recorded in the range 25-29 years. With a projection on the 2027, is also compared to the incidence of the same diseases as with the previous generation at the same age, both in the worst, in the best case, the data on Millennials is increasingly high. According to Maurizio Bonati , head of the Department of Public Health, Mario Negri Institute, it is "data are important because they help us to understand how the focus of health care should not focus only on the elderly and their chronic diseases on the rise, but also on the younger generations and the "new" problems."
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