More illness, less insurance

February 24, 2010

Women between the ages of 50 and 64 are more prone than younger women to a wide range of health conditions, including asthma, diabetes and heart disease, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Nearly four in 10 women in this age group will be diagnosed with high blood pressure, while nearly six in 10 are either obese or overweight. In both cases, the percentages are higher than for younger women. The research, based on the California Health Interview Survey, also found that the likelihood of having health insurance was related to a woman’s marital status. The study found that one-quarter of older women who had never married and 21 percent of divorced, separated or widowed women were uninsured — more than twice the rates of married women. See the study here.

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