There may be trouble ahead: worsening health in working-age adults
We may be living longer, but are we able to enjoy better health as we age? According to the results of a recent study of working-age adults in England,1 we are not. Poor health, including diabetes and obesity, may be increasing progressively with each generation, with difficult implications for the general public and for those who provide and fund healthcare. Diabetes and obesity are established risk factors for cognitive decline and other health problems, so it is increasingly important that individuals and health systems find ways to reduce their incidence and burden. Without effective interventions, this expansion of morbidity risks increases the burden of otherwise preventable poor health and signals a greater demand for public healthcare at younger ages.
- Jivraj S et al. Living longer but not necessarily healthier: The joint progress of health and mortality in the working-age population of England. Population studies 2020: www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00324728.2020.1767297