High-income U.S. residents tend to be healthier than low-income U.S. residents, but both groups seem to be more likely to suffer from chronic illness.
Lawrence Weiss and Marta Malone, researchers at the Center for Healthy Aging, have including data supporting that conclusion in a report distributed by the MetLife Mature Market Institute.
The analysts looked at the health status of U.S. residents over 40.
In one section of the report, the analysts drew on survey data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to see how the prevalance of chronic conditions changed between the 1999-2000 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) cycle and the 2009-2010 NHIS survey cycle.
The analysts broke data for U.S. residents ages 45 to 64 down by income, then determined how likely a member of each income group was to have two or more of nine common chronic conditions in either NHIS survey cycle.
The analysts then repeated the same exercise for U.S. residents ages 65 and older.