There are about 17 million veterans in the United States, and some of them experience health conditions that are different from those who have not served in the military, per Statista.
Studies indicate they often have more multiple chronic conditions than nonveterans, including high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. Recent research published in the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors sheds light on the conditions veterans seek treatment for, and it also calls attention to the fact that veterans of color are less likely to seek treatment for certain conditions.
For the study, researchers screened 334 veterans for medical conditions including anxiety, insomnia, and alcohol abuse (via HealthDay News). They also asked veterans to report on their current physical and mental health conditions and how important it was for them to seek treatment. About 66% of the participants were male, and of those, 70% identified as people of color. The statistics highlighted a gap in treatment.
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SOURCE: HealthDigest, Kimberly Smith