FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. According to new research conducted by Medco Health Solutions, prescription drug use by younger adults for heart disease and high blood pressure is increasing at a rate that far outpaces older adults.
The analysis shows that between 2001 and 2006, the number of 20-44 year olds taking prescription medications to treat high cholesterol increased 68 percent, and use of antihypertensives jumped 21 percent.
Based on this new analysis, the estimated number of 20-44 year olds nationwide on lipid-lowering drugs rose from 2.5 million in 2001 to 4.2 million in 2006, while the number of people in that age group taking antihypertensives spiked from 7 million to 8.5 million in the six-year period.
The increase in the number of 20-44 year-olds on lipid-lowering medications was 37 percent higher than it was for 45 to 64 year olds; the growth in prevalence of those on antihypertensives was 52 percent greater.