Millennials’ health is declining faster than prior generations

New data from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Health Index shows that millennials’ health is declining faster than prior generations as they age. It also shows the beginnings of troubling generational health patterns that could hamper the future prosperity of millennials and in turn the prosperity of the U.S.

What does the report tell?

Millennials watch their health decline faster than the previous generation as they age. This extends to both physical and behavioral health conditions. Without intervention, millennials could feasibly see mortality rates climb up by more than 40% compared to Gen-Xers at the same age.

What are the projections?

This will result in greater demand for treatment and therefore higher healthcare costs in the future. Under the most adverse scenario, millennial treatment costs are projected to be as much as 33% higher than Gen-Xers experienced at a comparable age.

Poorer health among millennials may prevent work and thus keep them from contributing as much to the economy as they could.

We’ll see higher unemployment rates and slower income growth. Under the most adverse set of projections, lower levels of health alone could cost millennials more than $4,500 per year in real per capita income compared to similarly aged Gen-Xers. Such bad impacts would most likely concentrate in areas already struggling economically.

How their health plays out in the years ahead will determine not only the overall health of the country but also its potential economic trajectory.

How Carbominer can help?

Carbominer is very concerned about these data. While CO2 doesn’t necessarily harm the lungs directly, the ways it changes the climate has a huge negative effect on human health. By transforming the planet, CO2 levels still dramatically increase pollution and related diseases, cause extreme weather events (including deadly heat waves), and broaden the ranges of disease-carrying creatures like mosquitoes and ticks.

And, as you may know, a variety of health effects may occur due to exposure to CO2 itself. These may include headaches, dizziness, restlessness, a tingling or pins or needles feeling, difficulty breathing, sweating, tiredness, increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, coma, asphyxia, convulsions, etc.

The levels of CO2 in the air and potential health problems are:

  • 250 – 350 ppm: normal outdoor air level.
  • 350 – 1,000 ppm: typical level found in occupied spaces with good air exchange.
  • 1,000 – 2,000 ppm: level associated with complaints of drowsiness and poor air.
  • 2,000 – 5,000 ppm: level associated with headaches, sleepiness, and stagnant, stale, stuffy air. Poor concentration, loss of attention, increased heart rate and slight nausea may also be present.
  • 5,000 ppm: this indicates unusual air conditions where high levels of other gases could also be present. Toxicity or oxygen deprivation could occur. This is the permissible exposure limit for daily workplace exposure.
  • 40,000 ppm: this level is immediately harmful due to oxygen deprivation.

Our aim is to reduce the CO2 level back to 350 ppm until 2033. To reach this, we are going to pull carbon dioxide from the air to make the air cleaner and safer to breathe.