Cigna’s 20-year disability study may be the Mini-Me of American health.
The study tracked short-term disability claims incurred between 1993 to 2012.
Absences related to three conditions increased significantly during that time.
- Skin cancer
- Herniated disc surgeries
Certain medical conditions causing short-term disabilities are more prevalent than they were 20 years ago.
Our aging workforce and expanding waistlines are the culprits, according to Cigna’s chief medical officer.
Disability Data Dump
Cigna provides an Infographic with relevant data from the study. The infographics is a bit busy for this post so I pulled a portion of the data (as shown below).
Disability: A Sign of Our Time?
With nearly 80 million baby boomers, something tells me there will be a lot more disabilities as we work longer and our joints age. Not to mention the rest of our bodies.
I was ahead of the curve and had the herniated disc surgery when I was 40-years-old. The skin cancer was more recent.
We were of an age that not only avoided sunscreen, we slathered on baby oil to attract the sun. Live and learn.
Another interesting observation from the study applied to depression.
- 20 years ago, depression was the 3rd leading cause of short-term disabilities
- Today, the study ranks depression as the 5th leading cause
However, the analysts are not celebrating.
Analysts note one-fourth of all Americans suffer from a mental disorder. They speculate the drop in absences may have more to do with a decrease in the number of people seeking treatment.
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