This report looks at the general health of adults aged 16 and over at the prevalence of chronic pain, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.
- In 2017, 34% of all adults had chronic pain. This increased with age, ranging from 16% among adults aged 16 to 24 to 53% among adults aged 75 and over.
- The proportion of adults with doctor-diagnosed diabetes increased between 1994 and 2017, with some year-on-year fluctuation, from 3% to 8% among men and from 2% to 5% among women. The increase has been largest for those aged 45 and over.
- In 2017, 20% of adults with diabetes were undiagnosed (as measured by glycated haemoglobin levels).
- From 1998 to 2017, there has been a decline in the proportion of adults with raised total cholesterol from 67% to 48%. Throughout the period 1998 to 2017, the prevalence of raised total cholesterol peaked at an older age for women than men.
- The proportion of adults with untreated hypertension declined from 2003 to 2017 for both men (20% to 12%) and women (16% to 11%).
- In 2017, the detection rate (the proportion of participants with survey-defined hypertension who reported having doctor-diagnosed hypertension), was higher among older than younger age-groups (69% among those aged 75 and over compared with 54% among those aged 35 to 54).
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