On age-specific variations in income-related inequalities in diabetes, hypertension and obesity

Autor(en): Siegel, Martin
Luengen, Markus
Stock, Stephanie
Stichwörter: Age-specific inequality; COEFFICIENT MODELS; CONCENTRATION INDEX; COUNTRIES; Diabetes; DISEASE; EDUCATION; Germany; HEALTH INEQUALITIES; Hypertension; Life course perspective; LIFE-STYLE; MORTALITY; Obesity; PATTERNS; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health; SOCIOECONOMIC-STATUS
Erscheinungsdatum: 2013
Herausgeber: SPRINGER BASEL AG
Journal: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Volumen: 58
Ausgabe: 1
Startseite: 33
Seitenende: 41
Zusammenfassung: 
This article examines whether the social health gradients in diabetes, hypertension and obesity for men and women vary significantly across different age groups. We use a pooled sample of German survey data from the years 2002 and 2006 with a total of 87,601 observations. We employ a varying Wagstaff index derived from the class of Gini-type concentration indices to estimate age-specific income-related health inequalities. We find significant health disadvantages among poor women in mid-age, but no significant age-specific income-related health inequalities among men. Some leveling of inequalities in diabetes is observed. The results suggest that variations in age-specific inequalities are unlikely to be a purely artificial result of health-related selection into retirement or mortality.
ISSN: 16618556
DOI: 10.1007/s00038-012-0368-7

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