Diabetes and obesity will be higher among Baby Boomer senior citizens than it has been for several previous generations of older people.
The American medical industry is in for a shock when Baby Boomers get to the age where most of them are sick or dying.
That time could come sooner than it does for other generations, apparently.
The United Health Foundation released its America’s Health Ranking Senior Report which stated that among people currently between 50-64 years old, there will be more diabetes and more obesity than the same age group back in 1999.
That’s the tail end of the Baby Boomer generation the United Health Foundation is talking about. The report indicates that 55 percent more people from that age group will suffer from diabetes, and 25 percent more will be overweight. All of this is occurring despite a continuing growth of healthy eating opportunities and the constant media attention given to concerns over both diabetes and obesity in America.
The report said the Baby Boomer generation is, on average, smoking less and getting more physical activity. Yet, the percentages on both diabetes and obesity are expected to grow as Baby Boomers age.
The report said of the people they studied, 9 percent less said they felt they were in good health, compared to a similar group surveyed in 1999.
Assuming the people suffering from diabetes and obesity get medical treatment to deal with symptoms of these ailments, health care costs in the country with rise accordingly.
“The dramatic increase has serious implications for the long-term health of those individuals and for the finances of our nation,’’ said United Health Foundation senior advisor Rhonda Randall.
The report breaks down national numbers state by state, and finds that Colorado is in line to have a 138 percent increase in people with diabetes, while Arizona is expected to have 90 percent more people over the age of 65 dealing with obesity by 2030.
The Health Ranking Senior Report ranked each of the 50 United States for the health status of its current senior population, and found that Massachusetts has the best health record, while Louisiana is in last place.
Among the top 10 states for healthy seniors, five of them are on the upper eastern seaboard – Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine. The others are neighbors Utah and Colorado, northern states Minnesota and Washington, and the most southern state of Hawaii.
The 10 states with the worst health report among its seniors cut an east-to-west swath through the country, starting with West Virginia to the east. Others in the bottom 10 are Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. The one outlier on that list is Nevada.
According to the report, one in seven Americans today is 65 or older, and by 2050 the population of the United States will include 84 million senior citizens over the age of 65.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.