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27 is the turning point for millennials’ health – in the US, at least. Researchers from the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Health Index analysed data from health insurance claims for 55 million millennials, who were ages 21 to 36. Based on the insurer’s op[timal health index of 100, the study found that the average score for 95, and that overall health begins to decline at the age of 27 – much earlier than expected. Obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are all factors that contributed to the decline. Speaking to Healthline, Dr. Aaron J. Friedberg, an assistant professor of internal medicine at The Ohio State University, said the findings showed an ominous trend: “I think this report reflects an approaching reality that due to increased illness, future generations could for the first time in recent history be less healthy than those that preceded them.”

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