Even thought the life expectancy has increased due to advanced medical technology and care, the lifestyle of younger generation has made them more prone to medical problems like heart disease, weight issues and high blood pressure.
Researchers from Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment had followed up the health record of 6,000 individuals aged 20, 30, 40 and 50 for up to 16 years. It was found that with every next generation, the medical complications and problems were reported at much earlier age.
At the start of the study, 40% of the men in their thirties were overweight and after eleven years, 52% of men in thirties were overweight. This shift was noticed in increased diabetes and high blood pressure.
However, a decrease in smoking was observed with the younger generation.
According to Gerben Hulsegge, lead author, with increasing obesity and lifestyle changes the rate of increase in life expectance would gradually come down.
The findings of the study were published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.