Baby boomers—time for a health reality check. A new poll finds the generation worries most about cancer and memory loss. But heart disease, often tied to obesity, is actually the age group’s major killer.
A new AP-LifeGoesStrong.com survey that included 1,078 baby boomers found that 44% worry most about cancer, 20% about memory loss, 13% about heart disease, and 5% about blood diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
But here are the actual top killers in the U.S., according to the National Center for Health Statistics:
-Heart disease (616,067 deaths)
-Cancer (562,875 deaths)
-Stroke (135,952 deaths)
-Chronic lower respiratory diseases (127,924 deaths)
Unintentional injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and influenza and pneumonia round out the list (the most recent data, which are still preliminary, show a smaller gap between heart disease and cancer deaths).