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These Are Some Of The Health Conditions Millennials Should Be Looking Out For

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Millennials make up around one-quarter of the world’s population. They are the first generation that has truly understood the importance of self-care and looking after themselves. It may then, come as a surprise that the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association found that on average, Millennials are 11% LESS healthy than Generation X were at the same age.

In this post, we look at some of the health conditions that Millennials should be looking out for.


Screen time issues


Millennials have grown up with technology playing a significant part in their lives, almost from birth, and are the first generation to really do so. While there are plenty of benefits to being proficient and surrounded by technology, there are, of course, some disadvantages when it comes to our physical health. The main one of these is to do with eyesight. A recent study carried out by the Vision Council found that approximately 68 per cent of Millennials claim that they experience digital eye strain, which is also known as computer vision syndrome (CVS). Spending a significant amount of time in front of a screen actually changes tear fluid and makes it similar to the tear fluid of people with dry eye disease. The best way of preventing this is to take a break from the screen every twenty minutes and having regular eyesight tests.

Another consequence of increased screen time is repetitive strain injury (RSI) to the wrist. It is damage to the muscles, tendons and nerves, caused by repetitive use of keyboards and touchscreens. 

Hearing issues


While older people would listen to music around a record player or even a wireless, at a low level once in a while, the millennial generation listens to music a lot, at loud levels and often using devices that fit in the inner ear. Add to that loud music concerts and noisy nightclubs and bars and it is little wonder that millennials are at much greater risk of developing hearing and ear problems. A hearing test will be able to tell you if and what damage has occurred to the hearing so that measures can be taken before the sense is lost completely. Of course, prevention is always better than cure - if a sound hurts your ears, it probably is too loud. 

Mental health issues


Of course, it is not known whether millennials are more prone to mental health issues or it is just more widely reported than in older people. However, more and more people are getting diagnosed and treated for depression, anxiety and other mental health-related issues. This may be because of the added pressure of work, a poor economy and factors such as social media and an ever-increasing emphasis on one’s appearance. 
The fact it is more talked about and the stigma attached to mental health issues has reduced is only a good thing, of course.

Millennials are sometimes referred to as the snowflake generation, but one thing is for sure, they are more prone to certain conditions than previous generations and it is important to keep an eye out for them and take preventative measures where possible.

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