1/3 Women Living with Chronic Health Conditions

June 29, 2011
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According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than one-third of women report that they live with a chronic health condition that requires ongoing medical attention. One fourth (29 percent) of women ages 50 to 64 report fair or poor health.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than one-third of women report that they live with a chronic health condition that requires ongoing medical attention. One fourth (29 percent) of women ages 50 to 64 report fair or poor health.

What is scary is that even among younger women, chronic conditions are prevalent. And that certainly has an impact on later life.
  • One in 10 women (18 to 44 years) say they have been diagnosed with arthritis (9 percent), hypertension (11 percent), or high cholesterol (9 percent).
     
  • By the time women reach their middle years (45 to 64 years), those rates tripled to 39 percent, 36 percent, and 34 percent respectively.
     
  • Most women (83 percent) report that they have at least one healthcare provider that they see on a regular basis.
     
  • This increases with age–from 77 percent of women ages 18 to 44 to 90 percent of women 45 to 64.
Two things:
  1. It is never too late to start taking care of yourself.
  2. You must set a good example for your daughters and granddaughters so they develop healthy habits early in life.