America has a weak immune system and is fat, depressed and suffering chronic pain.
A new study produced by researchers for the Mayo Clinic finds that nearly 70 percent of Americans are taking at least one prescribed medication on a regular basis, about 35 percent take two and 25 percent are on five or more prescription medications.
Antibiotics, antidepressants and painkilling opioids are most commonly prescribed, according to the findings.
“Often when people talk about health conditions they’re talking about chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes,” study author Jennifer St. Sauver, Ph.D., a member of the Mayo Clinic Population Health Program said. “However, the second most common prescription was for antidepressants — that suggests mental health is a huge issue and is something we should focus on. And the third most common drugs were opioids, which is a bit concerning considering their addicting nature.”
The most likely segments of the population to be taking prescription medication were women and elderly people. Women, according to the study, are especially likely to be taking anti-depressants: one in four women aged 50 to 64 are on a drug in the class.
For minors, antibiotics are most commonly prescribed. Antidepressants and opioids are most common among young and middle-aged adults. Cardiovascular drugs are most commonly prescribed in older adults.
Not sure if the findings change the meaning of the Weezer song or not.