You have probably heard people calling 40 the new 20.
Well the same thing is happening in health according to a new survey coming out of the USA from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.
Of the 4000 people polled,
* Most — 87.5 percent — describe themselves as being in “excellent” or “very good” health.
* But 54 percent have been diagnosed with one or more chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
* 31 percent take one prescription drug, 22 percent take two prescription drugs a day and 47 percent take three or more prescription medicines daily.
Ignorance and delusion its seems knows no bounds.
Update – June 2013
Just seen the latest update in the scientific blogging site – the 31% who were taking one prescription drug has increased to almost 70% in just 3 years. Now more than 50% are taking two (up from 22%). Are we measuring the same thing, is American health collapsing, has big pharma won the war.