New data showed young adults aged 20-44 years ( Millennials – born 1981-1996 (27-42 years old) in the United States need to beware! They more than ever are walking around with conditions that are placing them at high risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease and death. The study was presented on March 5 at the joint scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology and the World Heart Federation and was simultaneously published in JAMA.
In this age group, during the last 10 years, there has been a significant increase in diabetes and obesity, no improvement in the prevalence of hypertension, but a decrease in those with hyperlipidemia.
One problem is believed to be that younger people often have a “superman or superwoman” view and don’t comprehend that what one does to their body is ‘forever’. Poor dietary habits when young definitely have an impact on future health. Lack of exercise most assuredly will result in a poor overall health state.
This invincible mentality is not unique to any one generation, but today we know more about our body’s reaction over time to environment, diet, and exertion. A sad medical insight gained from the Viet Nam war was that young soldiers upon autopsy already had fatty deposits (atherosclerosis) in their aortas.
BE sure your medical provider checks your blood pressure no matter your age, also your blood sugar and cholesterol. You can easily with modern technology check yourself.