Being middle-aged, sandwiched between the much-lauded millennials and the much-attacked baby boomers, is far from an ideal place on the demographic scale.
Now a new report says that Generation Xers, those between the ages of 36 and 51, don’t do enough to keep healthy, even as they claim they want to live to a ripe old age.
According to a survey by MDVIP, a Boca Raton, Florida-based primary care and preventive medicine company:
- One in three don’t go to the doctor out of fear of finding something wrong.
- Slightly half, 55 percent, of Gen Xers have had an annual physical exam in the past five years. That’s compared with 72 percent of boomers.
- Two out of three Gen Xers admit they could be do more about exercising regularly (67 percent), eating well (66 percent), maintaining a healthy weight (63 percent) and managing stress (66 percent).
Only 40 percent of Gen Xers — versus 55 percent of boomers — are getting the recommended screening tests for timely disease detection. This despite that Gen Xers believe lifestyle choices play an equal (66 percent) or greater (20 percent) role than genetics in their health.
“The MDVIP survey findings serve as a wake-up call for Gen Xers, who could be heading down a path to live shorter life spans with more chronic disease than the generations before them,” Dr. Andrea Klemes, chief medical officer of MDVIP, said in a statement. “The good news is that people in their 30s, 40s and early 50s can change the course of both their current and future health. Getting screened, understanding their risks and making even simple lifestyle changes today can have a significant impact on the quality and length of their lives.”