Increased age raises interest in health

Interest in health issues surges about age 50,

Interest in health issues surges about age 50, according to a new Ohio State University study of adults 45-65. (Credit: iStock)

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Once you turn 50, you may find you have the urge to curl up and read a good . . . medical journal?

Interest in health issues surges about age 50, according to a new Ohio State University study of adults 45-65. The increase in interest happens quickly. The study found the lowest levels of concern about health issues was among people in their late 40s.

The thirst for knowledge about health tapers off a bit as adults move through their 50s, but a new peak in interest occurs about age 65.

Researchers speculated that the reasons for what they call "the change points" are because when adults turn 50, they are often bombarded with suggestions from doctors about tests they should undergo, including mammograms or prostate cancer exams. When adults turn 65, they become eligible for Medicare and many take advantage of the free screenings available.

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