Nearly half of older millennials have at least one chronic health condition

Nearly half of older millennials already have chronic health conditions, a new survey suggests. 

Some 44 percent of people born between 1981 and 1988 have already been diagnosed with at least one chronic medical condition, according to the CNBC/Harris poll. 

The most common conditions among the group were migraines, depression and asthma, diabetes type 2 and high blood pressure weren't far behind. 

For most conditions, older millennials had higher rates of chronic illness compare to the general public - including those older than them. 

And experts warn that the mysterious fallout of 'long-covid' could mean that rates of chronic health problems are only set to soar higher in the years to come. 

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About 46 percent of the 831 older millennials in the poll of 4,000 people said they had at lease one chronic health condition (green) - more than the share in general population (gray)

About 46 percent of the 831 older millennials in the poll of 4,000 people said they had at lease one chronic health condition (green) - more than the share in general population (gray)

Gene therapies, cancer treatments, artificial hearts, the ability to restore sight and the measles vaccine - the world has made astounding progress in treating and even curing many devastating health problems. 

But some of the most nagging and deadliest health issues are still plaguing millions of Americans, and rates may be on the rise at younger ages. 

Among 831 survey respondents between ages 33 and 40, the survey found that 15 percent had high blood pressure, or hypertension. 

That's only about half the rate in the general population, but the risks typically go up with age. By ages 55-65, the risk of hypertension skyrockets to about 90 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. 

Eleven percent of respondents also said they have high cholesterol, for which risks similarly increase with age. 

And already heart disease was half as common among this age group compared to the general population, with four percent already having been diagnosed with the number one killer of Americans. 

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