7 Health Conditions You Can Get In Your 20s & 30s, According To Experts


If you're in your 20s or 30s and feel pretty strong and energized, you probably don't think too much about health conditions you could get when you're young. Until you start noticing specific symptoms, you might not think too much about your physical health. But you may be surprised to learn that there are a number of conditions that might seem like they're for older folks, but can actually affect younger people as well, according to experts.

Seeing your doctor regularly is an important part of preventing and detecting health problems. If you know your family history, filling your doctor in can help them look out for issues that you're specifically more likely to have, so that you might be able to catch them early, Dr. Kristine Gedroic, M.D. a medical researcher and clinician with specialization in chronic illness, author of A Nation of Unwell, and director of The Gedroic Medical Institute, tells Bustle. "If we identify the underlying imbalance in the body, most medical conditions can be avoided today," she says. "This includes high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and even cancer."

But other factors, like what you eat, your environment, and your overall lifestyle, are be even more important than your genetics, Gedroic says. When you have a relationship with a primary-care doctor, they can help guide you toward lifestyle choices that will keep you feeling the strongest and happiest.

Here are some health conditions that you can get when you are young, according to experts.