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Baby Boomers Appear to Be Less Healthy Than Parents
The Washington Post ^ | Friday, April 20, 2007 | Rob Stein

Posted on 04/20/2007 7:41:00 AM PDT by CompSciGuy

As the first wave of baby boomers edges toward retirement, a growing body of evidence suggests that they may be the first generation to enter their golden years in worse health than their parents. While not definitive, the data sketch a startlingly different picture than the popular image of health-obsessed workout fanatics who know their antioxidants from their trans fats and look 10 years younger than their age.

Continued at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/19/AR2007041902458.html?referrer=emailarticle

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: babyboomers; genx; health; healthcare; medicine
Found this whole article fairly interesting, and was just looking for some comments.

Cheers, CSG

1 posted on 04/20/2007 7:41:05 AM PDT by CompSciGuy
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To: CompSciGuy

I see a lot of drug use mental issues around these folks.


2 posted on 04/20/2007 7:42:20 AM PDT by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: qam1

I wouldn’t call this a direct Gen X issue, but maybe you could link this to the list?

Cheers,
CSG


3 posted on 04/20/2007 7:45:47 AM PDT by CompSciGuy (Duncan Hunter for 2008 - no flip-floppers or RINO's please...)
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To: fooman

“I see a lot of drug use...”

We have a Bingo.


4 posted on 04/20/2007 7:45:48 AM PDT by Canedawg (In God We Trust)
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To: fooman

It couldn’t be all drugs, maybe its partly a mental attitude as well? The article brings up the higher levels of job stress, a factor of the “greed is good” mentality that (some) boomers started in the 1980’s?

Cheers,
CSG


5 posted on 04/20/2007 7:47:25 AM PDT by CompSciGuy (Duncan Hunter for 2008 - no flip-floppers or RINO's please...)
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To: CompSciGuy
Well, the first wave of retiring boomers would those who grew up in the 50’s and 60’s. Lots of smoking and drug use may have taken its toll. But those like me who were teenagers in the late 70’s and 80’s took better care of ourselves and don’t look nearly as burnt out as those earlier hippies and beatniks.

;D! Cheers!

6 posted on 04/20/2007 7:49:59 AM PDT by poobear
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To: CompSciGuy
Here's the money quote:

"It is unclear whether boomers are really sicker or are simply more health-conscious by dint of being better educated and having better access to information. They may also have higher expectations, making them more likely to notice and complain about aches and pains that earlier generations would have accepted as just part of getting older."

In other words - are they really in worse health, or are they just spoiled whiners who expect life to be handed to them with no pain or consequences?

7 posted on 04/20/2007 7:52:05 AM PDT by Obi-Wandreas (We gotta go to the crappy town where I'm a hero)
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To: CompSciGuy

Yawn


8 posted on 04/20/2007 7:53:30 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: CompSciGuy
...The baby boomers were much less likely than their predecessors to describe their health as "excellent" or "very good,"

I think boomers have higher expectations. Things start to break down as we age and we will not accept that in the same way that our parents did. We complain more.

9 posted on 04/20/2007 7:53:39 AM PDT by outofstyle
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To: CompSciGuy
They are more likely to report difficulty climbing stairs, getting up from a chair and doing other routine activities

Maybe all the aerobic classes were a little too hard on the joints! Seriously though, my husband is a very fit individual, always has and still does exercise. But due to a sports injury, he needed a hip replacement before he reached his 40th birthday. Of my acquaintances, I know more younger people with back problems than older people. Maybe the boomers are a little "too active" or maybe engaging in activity that in the long run hurts them more than helps them.

My husband and myself are boomers (in our 50's)...and the interesting thing is, neither my parents, nor his parents exercised a day in their younger lives. Both sets smoked for many years before they gave it up. They weren't as careful with their diet as we are. Yet both sets of folks live/lived relatively "healthy" lives into 80's and 90's.

Go figure!

10 posted on 04/20/2007 7:54:04 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: CompSciGuy
Nah,

CUBE WORLD!!

Cube rats are the highest risk group and in the most hazardous jobs.

WWII generation did real work, usually physical, that’s why they lived longer.

Cube rats sit on their butts all day and collect collateral.

11 posted on 04/20/2007 7:55:10 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: CompSciGuy
Its very simple, actually.

Our parents did not have unlimited access to Gummy Bears.

I don't think my parents could have ever become addicted to rubberized sugar like I did.

12 posted on 04/20/2007 7:55:26 AM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: outofstyle

Now that’s very true. Hollywood, TV advertising, magazines, etc. have probably given us unrealistic expectations of how we should feel at “such and such” an age.


13 posted on 04/20/2007 7:55:32 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: CompSciGuy

Good Morning. Ya turn on the Morning News on any day and you get a bunch of chicken little cr#p. There must be a million funded studies going on at any moment in regards to food. UT at Austin? That should tell anyone who reads this to use Caution and Common Sense. Truth is, we live longer, we live better and if were not for 50 million spoiled brat Hippies and Yuppies, we would all live happier. Now put down that transfat cheeseburger, choco chip antioxidant slime shake and go have a great American Day.


14 posted on 04/20/2007 7:56:00 AM PDT by welfareisslavery (medicaid is not insurance, it's welfare. The third genX is in an ER near you!)
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To: CompSciGuy

My in-laws are in the high-80’s and though they are slowing down a bit they are still in remarkable shape. They get up at 4 am every day, keep busy all day long, and get to bed by 9 pm. My father in law walks at least a mile every day and still has a 25-hour a week job. My mother in law cooks every meal from scratch, goes to the grocery store every morning, makes pasta sauce every day, makes 3-4 pizzas every day. When I visit them I’m exhausted by the end of the weekend.


15 posted on 04/20/2007 7:56:21 AM PDT by Remole
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To: Al Gator
This is getting ridiculous. Second time today.

collateral = cholesterol

16 posted on 04/20/2007 7:57:00 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: CompSciGuy

agreed. but it the article does seem so.


17 posted on 04/20/2007 8:00:05 AM PDT by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: Obi-Wandreas

They are junk food junkies!


18 posted on 04/20/2007 8:00:09 AM PDT by lonestar (Me, too--Weinie)
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To: outofstyle
"We complain more."

Not here......we TAKE action.....course we weren't your "typical" boomers.....if there is such a thing.

19 posted on 04/20/2007 8:01:33 AM PDT by goodnesswins (We need to cure Academentia)
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To: Obi-Wandreas
In other words - are they really in worse health, or are they just spoiled whiners who expect life to be handed to them with no pain or consequences?

ding, ding, ding

We have a winner!! :-)

20 posted on 04/20/2007 8:01:49 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: lonestar
I don’t think that’s it entirely. I work with Boomers, and they are all on one diet or another (mainly South Beach). I think perhaps some of this is mental attitude. I remember my Granddad’s attitude to being old, it was much more accepting the pains and aches. A lot of the Boomers I work with feel like they should be able to go play racketball and wake up the next day pain free. Is this an unreal expectation? or is this just hot air?

Cheers,
CSG

21 posted on 04/20/2007 8:05:14 AM PDT by CompSciGuy (Duncan Hunter for 2008 - no flip-floppers or RINO's please...)
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To: Obi-Wandreas
In other words - are they really in worse health, or are they just spoiled whiners who expect life to be handed to them with no pain or consequences?

Probably some of that, some of other things, such as having the cholesterol levels renormed everytime Pfizer shareholders need more dividends. We redefine a significant protion of the population as "Sick and needing intervention". In like manner, the parameters for hypertension have been adjusted downwards as well. This bodes well for the manufacturers of Hydrochlorothiazide and more recent drugs.

Another issue is that by 1950's standards, we are fat pigs, myself included. In the 1950's, it was not uncommon for people to eat food cooked in or with LARD, for heaven's sake, yet where were all the tubbies then?.

Now add to that the ability to get a prescription for Viagra et al, so a creaking relic can drop dead trying to emulate their twenties, and we have a redefinition of "Poor Health" that has generated many profitable industries.

Now add to the mix, the "Never trust anyone under Thirty" ethic we went through, where youth is elevated and age is devalued and suddenly we have an entire generation of sick people, because someone will not accept what the calender says, and demands to be 29, and drops dead jogging.

22 posted on 04/20/2007 8:11:31 AM PDT by Gorzaloon (Global Warming: A New Kind Of Scientology for the Rest Of Us.)
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23 posted on 04/20/2007 8:12:09 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: CompSciGuy

Boomer here!!! I don’t remember the 60’s. Did some stupid things (drugs). I believe this to be true. One heart attack and other medical problems are the proof (to me).


24 posted on 04/20/2007 8:14:44 AM PDT by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: CompSciGuy
I'm soooo glad I was at the tail end of being a Boomer. (1955) I had the benefit of seeing my bro do most everything and learn from it. Now, I'M the one really taking care of myself (grapesee extract, monitoring bloodwork once a year, visiting the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups), and he still believes he's ABOVE all ills and nothing will happen to HIM.

Interesting...can't wait to share this with him ;-)

25 posted on 04/20/2007 8:19:01 AM PDT by NordP (I know why Hollywood is concerned about global warming...heat destroys plastic. (Thanks Ann!))
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To: CompSciGuy

Abuse your body for hedonistic and narccissitic reasons for 60 years.... and you pay a price for it... pure and simple.


26 posted on 04/20/2007 8:20:47 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: CompSciGuy

I fit in the boomer generation, and I’m much healthier than my parents were at my age.


27 posted on 04/20/2007 8:58:43 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: CompSciGuy

I’m in my mid-50s and, so far, healthier than my parents were but you never know; my mother died at 67 but my dad is still around at 91.


28 posted on 04/20/2007 10:29:45 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: welfareisslavery
That should tell anyone who reads this to use Caution and Common Sense

And common sense said the world was flat, once upon a time.

There's more in the current epidemic of diabetes and auto-immune troubles that dietary changes can account for.

The 'common sense' is blame-the-victim nonsense. Healthy folks note any difference between them and the sick guy and pin the blame on that - in one fell swoop they feel better because they are doing the 'right thing' and feel superior to the sick guy who is doing the 'wrong thing'. And all without any proof of cause and effect except a mild statistical correlation.

I was felt crappy and tired for a long time, and folks snorted that I needed more exercise. Well, exercise always made me feel worse. Turns out I had sarcoid. And that turns out to be infectious, cured with a long course of antibiotics. Drinking coffee and eating carbs is better than aspirin as a short term fix to the aches of sarcoid, you do it because it lets you get on with the day.

All that common sense had it entirely backwards. The diet didn't cause the disease, it was the other way around.

Cure the sarcoid, and the carb-craving went away, along with the diabetes that developed later.

29 posted on 04/20/2007 11:30:18 AM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard work to be cynical enough in this age)
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To: CompSciGuy
We grew up on Twinkies, donuts, Ho-Ho-s (Am I allowed to say that?), ice cream, KOOL-AID, PB&Js, Coke and Pepsi, potato chips, and not many veggies or fruits!!

Our parents grew up on fruits, vegetables, meet, potatoes and milk!! HUGE difference!

30 posted on 04/20/2007 12:11:41 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her Phoniness is Genuine!!!)
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To: welfareisslavery
I didn't find this link for the first response. In this study whether or not mice get fat depends on what set of bacteria they carry around.

Getting fat being caused by infection is not (current) common sense. It would allow for an epidemic of fat, in the classical definition of epidemic.

ep·i·dem·i·cal.
(of a disease) affecting many persons at the same time, and spreading from person to person in a locality where the disease is not permanently prevalent.

31 posted on 04/20/2007 12:13:55 PM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard work to be cynical enough in this age)
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To: Obi-Wandreas

BINGO!!!!


32 posted on 04/20/2007 1:30:07 PM PDT by TheKidster (you can only trust government to grow, consolidate power and infringe upon your liberties.)
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To: CompSciGuy

The health of subsequent generations have gone south because of the steroids, hormones, nitrates and msg added to the food chain. Even the parents of the baby boomers, of which I am one, have allergies and asthma we never before suffered. Eat only fresh foods and organic meat, milk and eggs is my advice.


33 posted on 04/20/2007 1:35:28 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: Pukin Dog

Still no one has mentioned the additives and perservatives in virtually all store bought food.

I mean, how good can it be for us to have HFCS and hydrogenated fill-in-the-blank in almost everything we eat that isn’t made from scratch or fresh produce?


34 posted on 04/20/2007 2:25:40 PM PDT by Let's Roll (As usual, following a shooting spree, libs want to take guns away from those who DIDN'T do it.)
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To: Suzy Quzy

“We grew up on Twinkies, donuts, Ho-Ho-s (Am I allowed to say that?), ice cream, KOOL-AID, PB&Js, Coke and Pepsi, potato chips, and not many veggies or fruits!!

Our parents grew up on fruits, vegetables, meet, potatoes and milk!! HUGE difference!”

Plus, boomers sat for hours in front of the boob tube, unlike their parents.


35 posted on 04/20/2007 2:47:25 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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