Millennials who are stressed about the housing crisis or the difficult labor market may be more at a later age at risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, health experts have warned (stock)

Young adults stressed about the housing crisis or the labor market can run a greater risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes later in life, experts say.


The Health Foundation fears the & # 39; physiological wear & # 39; of expensive rent and zero-hour contracts will have permanent consequences.

From repeated emotional & # 39; ups and downs & # 39; early in life it is known that they increase both blood pressure and the production of the stress hormone cortisol.

Carrying this & # 39; heavy load & # 39; puts a person at risk for non-infectious diseases such as heart attacks and stroke along the line, the charity warned.

Young people can be particularly vulnerable because their brains are considered more sensitive to change during the first two decades of life, it added.

Millennials who are stressed about the housing crisis or the difficult labor market may be more at a later age at risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, health experts have warned (stock)

Millennials who are stressed about the housing crisis or the difficult labor market may be more at a later age at risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, health experts have warned (stock)


The charity director, Dr. Jo Bibby, warns that & # 39; generation rentals & # 39; can easily be emphasized by relocating a lot and the lack of security that they have in their leases.

Although labor market participation is good, many young adults are in temporary positions and zero-hour contracts, which can lead to financial worries, she added.

& # 39; These things, although you can view them and say they are only social problems, are actually health problems, & # 39; said Dr. Bibby.

& # 39; We have young people who, in their formative years, are exposed to circumstances that, the evidence suggests, would increase the likelihood of allostatic stress and therefore impact their long-term health outcomes. & # 39;

Allostatic stress describes the health consequences of exposure to elevated hormone levels due to & # 39; repeated stressful challenges & # 39 ;.

"If we want a healthy society in 30 years, we need to think about the experience that young people have today with regard to their personal and social relationships, their housing and their work," Dr. Bibby.


Born: 1977-1994


Coming of Age: 1998-2006

Age in 2017: 23 to 40

Product of change: Millennials have matured in a time of major technological change, globalization, and economic disruption – giving them a different set of behaviors and experiences than their parents.

Digital natives: technology exposure since early childhood has led to technological sophistication, resulting in a sense of immunity for most traditional marketing and sales talks.

They are used to gain direct access to price comparisons, product information and peer reviews.


That said, 60% of British millennials are concerned with online content that interests them, even if it is clear that it is being paid for by a brand.

Hard-core, hard-core attitude: Millennial & # 39; s are team-oriented, honest and enjoy building friendships with colleagues, but also want to have a life outside of work.

Of course, most Millennials want to be with a company that appreciates this desire for balance and openness. They enjoy high levels of dual direction feedback

Stability fear: despite the overall perceived benefits of working as freelancers or consultants, nearly two-thirds of the millennials said they prefer a full-time job.

Health conscious: Millennial spends time and money on good exercise and good food.


Physically and mentally healthy was at the top of the list (77%) for British millennials when asked what would help them most to live a happier, more fulfilled life.

Experience economy: more than half of British millennials prefer to spend money on an experience versus a possession (only 22.6% valued material goods over experiences).

Adjustment to & # 39; internal & # 39; stress affects the nervous, hormonal and immune system of a person.

And long-term exposure activates allostasis. This is the body's attempt to & # 39; stability & # 39; to reach during the challenges of life.

Over time, allostasis burden the body.


When this & # 39; overload & # 39; becomes the norm, the body functions at a less than optimum speed.

This can & # 39; make the organism susceptible to disease & # 39 ;, according to a report from the Health Foundation.

& # 39; 100 years ago the kind of things people died of were contagious diseases, & # 39; said Dr. Bibby.

& # 39; It was very easy to know if people with poor hygiene are more likely to get tuberculosis, they are more likely to die prematurely.

& # 39; That was very simple because you could see the pathogen, the bacteria, the cause of the disease.

& # 39; For many of the diseases that we now have, long-term illnesses, chronic illnesses, it is more difficult to say what the same pathogen is.

& # 39; What allostatic work has shown us is essentially exposure to poorer socio-economic conditions almost a pathogen of its own form and it increases people's risk of poor health and early death. & # 39 ;

However, the report emphasizes that people can be resilient through a & # 39; shift and persist & # 39; response.

However, the Health Foundation warns that millennials refer to & # 39; snowflakes & # 39; is not useful.

Dr. Bibby said: & # 39; It was interesting that we actually received a very, very positive response from young people who said, "Yes, this shows, we are not like snowflakes, this is not about us that we are not Being tough as our generation of parents shows that the circumstances in which we grow up are more challenging and cause more stress & # 39;. & # 39;


The Health Foundation will issue a report on this issue tomorrow, which it & # 39; one of the greatest unprecedented health stories of our time & # 39; calls.

It comes as part of the charity's future health research, which explores the potential long-term implications of economic and social insecurity for young people.

The report recommends changes to government policies that may help to reduce & # 39; less chronically stressful & # 39; create environments.

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