While many people still associate the word “Millennial” with teenagers and youth culture, the reality is that most members of this generation (born between 1982 and 2000) are now experienced working adults, with a good portion quickly approaching their 40s. The new young generation, born between the mid-90s and 2010, is called Generation Z.
When it comes to health, there is no question that members of Generation Z have plenty on their plate; particularly with increasing focus on stress and mental health concerns. There are some common health issues that are often easier to put on the back burner, however, especially if you’re someone with a busy schedule and/or prone to procrastination.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of five important, but sometimes overlooked health concerns that you or the Generation Z people in your family should take the time to consider.
- Figuring Out Where to Go for Medical Care
Young adults are often unsure when to go to an urgent care center versus a family doctor versus an emergency room, depending on the type or severity of a condition. Keep in mind that the ER is for emergency use only. You can contact Southeastern Med anytime to discuss your best course of action for any type of injury or health concern. Dr. Nau, Dr. Lilko, Dr. Kollengode, and Becky Hall, NP are all prepared to see you in-person or via telehealth.
- Sports-Related Injuries
Many young people are involved with sports and other athletic ventures that can lead to problems like knee, ankle, or wrist pain. If the injury is serious, it is best to go to our ER. They may refer you to one of our Orthopedic Surgeons. If it’s a chronic, nagging pain, you can contact Dr. Huff, Dr. Davis, or Dr. Bill Kumler.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections
Some sexually transmitted infections are on the rise, but they can also be prevented. Young people should get screened regularly and practice safe sex, using condoms or another kind of protection to avoid unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.
- Travel Immunizations and Medicines
Many people — including young people — don’t think to visit their doctors before traveling overseas. But it’s always wise to visit a doctor at least a month before traveling to go over recommendations for immunizations and other preventive medicines based on particular countries.
Obesity affects Generation Z just like any other age group. It’s easier for your body to gain weight than it is to lose it, but preventing potentially dangerous weight gain is also easier if you get started on the right path early, eating a healthy diet and working exercise into your routine.
For more tips, or to schedule a meeting with a physician, contact Southeastern Med today.