Health Conditions Millennials Need To Look Out For

The Costs of Screen Time

Millennial’s are the first generation to grow up with technology by their side almost from birth. They’re switched on to the digital world in a way that older people can’t understand. While there are benefits to this - studies have shown that millennial’s are better at critical thinking and multitasking - there are some downsides; chiefly, the effect that screen time has on the eyes and wrists. You need to take breaks every 20 minutes or so to keep your eyes in tip-top condition and learn how to type properly to avoid the problems of repetitive strain injury. If you’re using a laptop, get a Bluetooth keyboard and raise your computer up so you have the correct posture.

In the Ears

Older generations would gather around a record player or wireless radio and listen to music every once in a while. Millennial’s are plugged in all the time, and they’re playing music way too loud. As a result, there has been a sharp rise in hearing-related problems among young adults, specifically tinnitus, which produces a constant ringing in the ears. While prevention - in the form of turning your music down - is the best option, there are effective tinnitus relief options for people who are already suffering. It can be enjoyable to crank your favorite track to the highest volume, but don’t forget that your poor ears might not appreciate it in the long-term!

Overall Fitness

As millennial’s grow up during an age when outdoor play gave way to playing on consoles indoors, many haven’t developed the core physical fitness needed to stay healthy. As such, a significant portion - somewhere in the region of 40% - of millennial’s are overweight, and around 70% will be by the time they’re 35. It’s much easier to get into shape while you’re young, so make the most of that gym membership before it’s too late.

Alcohol-Related Issues

There’s no getting around the fact that alcohol is an issue for all generations, and actually, young people are generally drinking more than older generations, and when they do, they’re going big. There can be serious consequences for those people who are downing shot after shot; the body is not meant to take in that much alcohol in such a short period.

Mental Health Concerns

It’s possible that the world has always had mental health concerns, and that we’re just talking about it more now, but studies do suggest that issues such as social media, a tough job market, and an increasing emphasis on one’s looks might be responsible for more mental health troubles. If you’re suffering from anxiety, depression, eating disorders, or anything else, then reach out: there are many avenues of support and since it’s more of an accepted issue, you don’t need to worry (as much) about a negative stigma.

Millennial’s and Sugar

Millennial’s are pretty good at eating healthily: we’re the ones who brought kale and quinoa to the public’s attention, after all. But some damage may already have been done. They grew up when a time when sugar was king, when cereals and other daily mainstays had far too much sugar in them. They were delicious, sure, but they may have produced unprecedented problems with our teeth. Keep an eye on yours to ensure they’re always pearly white and strong; you’ll need them for a long time.

If you’re going to be a big player in the 21st century, then it seems like you’re going to have to contend with some of the issues above! The good news is that if you’re aware of them, then you can at least control your actions to reduce the chances of them happening.


Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Preventing Health Problems As You Get Older

It’s very important as you get older to make sure you have all the relevant health checks. With things like diseases becoming more and more common as you get older, you need to be sure that you are keeping on top of everything when it comes to your health. Going to the doctor is never a good thing, even if you are feeling 100% well, so why don't you try and prevent this by giving yourself a health MOT. Regardless of how old you are, we need to always be keeping an eye on our health, whether you are 19 or 90, and especially if you are in your mid-20s, it's now time to start thinking seriously about how healthy you actually are. Have you noticed your hangovers getting a bit worse these days? It is all part of getting older! But not to worry, here are some basics you need to think about.


Your Eyes and Ears

While we may wear glasses already, it doesn't hurt to check if your eyes are functioning properly, and it is worth having an eye test on a regular basis, preferably once a year. Going to your local eye doctors on a regular basis can make sure that you prevent certain eye ailments like glaucoma or any other inflammation. It is also worth having a hearing test, especially if you go to many gigs in the meantime! There is a lot of research into the devastating effect of earphones on hearing loss at a young age, which can bring on hearing problems like tinnitus before the age of 30. So, if you see Metallica on a regular basis, or go to many silent discos, start to shield your ears from the loud noise!


Your Skin

Keeping an eye on your skin as you get older is something that we tend to overlook for the most part. For example, if you have cracks at the corner of your mouth this may indicate a lack of vitamin B2, and any bruising may be a sign of a lack of Vitamin C or any other nutrients that can affect your blood’s ability to clot. It is also worth keeping an eye out for any changes in your skin tags or moles that do not disappear after a few weeks. Also, as we get older, we may find ourselves intolerant to more foods such as gluten. Have you noticed that your skin is a lot itchier than normal? This could be a sign of a gluten intolerance.


Your Digestion

Back onto gluten intolerance, if you find that you bloat very easily, this could be another sign. Other symptoms that could be digestive issues can be tiredness, weight loss that is unexplained or pains in your stomach. If you have any of these, it may be worth checking with a dietitian, especially if the symptoms persist.


While these are only a handful of issues that can occur, it is better to be aware of what they are before they become incredibly serious. Prevention is better than cure, so start to prevent them now so you can become a better you.