Study: Young people neglect their own health
It's not just the internet that is full of tips and tricks that help people live healthier lives. However, the recommendations do not seem to be well received by younger Germans. According to a new study, more and more young Germans think that medical progress will keep them healthy for a lifetime. Prevention and a healthy lifestyle are therefore superfluous for many.
Serious illnesses have lost their terror for younger people
Last year, a survey by DAK Gesundheit showed that most Germans fear cancer. The fear of Alzheimer's and dementia is also very common among German citizens. But according to a recent study, serious illnesses such as heart attacks, cancer and diabetes have apparently lost their horror - at least for the 14- to 34-year-olds.
Trust in medical progress
Healthy eating and regular exercise are actually extremely important, especially for young people, but more and more young Germans are convinced that medical progress and digital helpers will keep them healthy.
A conviction of almost 40 percent believes that healthy living is increasingly superfluous.
This is shown by the study "Future Health - Young Germans Feeling the Pulse" by the Schwenninger Krankenkasse and the foundation "Die Gesundarbeiter". Every year more than 1,000 adolescents and young adults in Germany between 14 and 34 years of age are interviewed.
Prevention is not an issue for many young people
Prevention is not an issue for six out of ten 14 to 34 year olds. The willingness to take preventive care declines from year to year.
According to the current study, 38 percent of respondents rely on the fact that cancer and cardiovascular diseases, for example, can be cured better and better - in 2016, just under one in four took this view.
In addition, 28 percent consider it less important to take care of their own health because medical aids will keep them healthy (2016: 21 percent).
The foundation stone for chronic diseases is laid in adolescence
"This development is worrying, especially given the fact that more and more young people are overweight due to lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet," said Schwenninger doctor and health expert Dr. Tanja Katrin Hantke, in a message.
"In this way, they lay the foundation for chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus or cardiovascular diseases, even in their youth," warns the expert.
She points out that living with a chronic illness is still a major impairment - despite all medical advances. This fact is often overlooked.
“When it comes to health and healthy living, young people have huge gaps in education. This knowledge is often not adequately conveyed at home and at school, ”Hantke regrets.
After all, the majority of those surveyed recognized that there are deficits here. 78 percent want a school subject health. Almost six out of ten respondents (58 percent) see health insurance providers as a duty when it comes to health education. (ad)