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The Top 10 Health Conditions Affecting Millennials

Affinity Health is a leading provider of high-quality health cover. Here are their views on the top 10 health conditions affecting millennials.


Did you know that 44% of older millennials born between 1981 and 1988 have at least one chronic condition?


According to Murray Hewlett, CEO of Affinity Health, there is no doubt that growing research indicates many millennials are less healthy than anticipated.

What are the Top 10 Conditions Affecting Millennials?

Hypertensiondiabetes, and obesity are major contributors,” Hewlett explains. Obesity may cause rising rates of some of the most common diseases among millennials:

A quarter of the global population comprises of millennials. Gen Z is progressively seizing the spotlight and will exceed the millennial population. But the millennial moment is not yet over.


“The top 10 disorders afflicting millennials are not particularly surprising. The prevalence rates for these conditions among millennials compared to prior generations are frightening,” adds Hewlett.


In 2017, millennials aged 34 to 36 were 11% unhealthier than Gen Xers aged 34 to 36 in 2014. Also, diagnosis rates for eight of the top 10 health disorders increased by double digits.


Hewlett explains, “because millennials are experiencing substantial health difficulties earlier than prior generations, we must address these issues immediately”.


Learn More: Millennials and Affordable Healthcare

Mental Health Disorders are Most Prevalent Among Millennials

Compared to previous generations, millennials live with more behavioural disorders. The most alarming of these include severe depression and hyperactivity.


“We may be observing a moderate impact of diagnosis across all generations for once stigmatised mental health illnesses. But millennials are experiencing a greater prevalence than either Generation X or baby boomers,” adds Hewlett.


Among the most prevalent health issues among millennials are:


The best thing millennials can do for their health, according to Hewlett, is seek preventive care. They may receive a correct diagnosis and treatment before a condition worsens.

“Studies have found that one-third of millennials do not have a primary care provider. The majority do not receive regular preventative care.


Also, most millennials only visit the doctor when unwell or injured. They do not attend recommended health check-ups,” says Hewlett.


“By not seeking preventive care, millennials negatively affect their long-term health. If they do not already have one, Affinity Health advises all millennials to prioritise primary healthcare.

Primary Healthcare Screening refers to healthcare services like preventative tests. These detect and prevent potential health risks or diseases.


Many illnesses can be treated more effectively and at a lower cost if brought to the attention of a physician early on,” concludes Hewlett.

How Affinity Health Can Help

Affinity Health aims to make affordable healthcare available to all South Africans with healthcare plans designed to suit your health and financial needs. We are passionate about quality healthcare. For more information on Affinity Health, click here.

About Affinity Health

Affinity Health is the leading provider of affordable medical insurance in South Africa. Members enjoy access to a network of healthcare providers. We have designed healthcare products to protect you and your family when it matters the most. We strive to give our clients peace of mind and the highest standard of service. For more information, follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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