Here’s important news: “Millennials are seeing their health decline faster than the previous generation as they age,” reports Blue Cross Blue Shield in The Economic Consequences of Millennial Health, published on November 6, 2019. Millennials were born in 1981–1996 and are considered to be the first generation of “digital natives.”

The report notes that millennials have a higher prevalence of hypertension, high cholesterol, depression and hyperactivity than Gen-Xers had at the same age. These health issues can shorten life expectancy and cause more health problems with age, resulting in less economic prosperity. Study authors say these findings “should serve as a call to action among policymakers and the healthcare community at large” before conditions worsen.

Read the report here.