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Here’s Why Millennials Will Die Faster Than Other Generations

Many people think that being a millennial is fun and exciting. It is the generation that saw and even made many of the greatest discoveries and technological advancements that changed how people live around the world. 

However, this generation is facing a life-threatening issue. A new report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) predicts that millennials might die younger than other generations due to growing health problems and increasing healthcare costs.

BCBS is a federation of organizations and companies that provide health insurance to more than 100 million people in the U.S. Its latest report looked into the current millennial health patterns.

Together with analysts from Moody’s Analytics, BCBS collected data from its members, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and previous health studies. The team found “several interesting and concerning findings” about millennials, Vice reported Thursday

Millennials are at risk of having more diseases, facing financial challenges and early death compared to the previous generation, Gen X. BCBS said over the next 10 years, millennials may see a 40 percent increase in mortality and pay three times higher for healthcare. 

Analysts said the health issues can be attributed to rapidly increasing “behavioral health” problems among millennials. The generation has been experiencing high rates of depression, anxiety, ADHD and substance abuse. 

Between 2014 and 2017, the number of diagnosed depression and hyperactivity increased by 30 percent among millennials. To date, people, ages 30 and 39 years, have lower risk of dying from heart disease and cancer, which have been affecting the Gen Xers. 

However, millennials are more likely to die from preventable situations, like accidental overdose, suicide and homicide. The BCBS report states both the effects of health conditions and the cost of treatment would be a major problem for the young generation.

The less healthy generation may also have an impact on the country. Being sick may reduce millennials’ productivity and contribution to the “U.S. labor market.” 

“Defined as the generation born from 1981 to 1996, they are the largest, most educated, and most connected generation the world has ever seen,” the report states. “However, recent data also show the beginnings of troubling generational health patterns that could hamper the future prosperity of millennials, and in turn the prosperity of the U.S.”

millennials A new report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) predicts that millennials might die younger than other generations due to growing health problems and increasing healthcare costs. Pixabay

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