A new report on the general health status and chronic conditions in Mille Lacs County was presented by Mille Lacs County Health Educator/SHIP Coordinator Alisha Fussy at the Mille Lacs Area Partners for Prevention (MAPP) drug coalition meeting last week.

The survey, comprised of self reported data, showed an increase of adults in Mille Lacs County who rated their health status as good or excellent from 2015 to 2018 but showed a decrease for those that rated their health as very good.

Mille Lacs County adults reported a 3 percent drop in reported cases of diabetes but over a 3 percent increase in cases of pre-diabetes from 2015 to 2018.

The survey also showed a decrease in Mille Lacs County adults reporting cases of hypertension and pre-hypertension by about 1 percent to 3 percent, respectively.

Reports of high cholesterol and triglycerides dropped as well, from about 28 percent to about 26 percent and about 16 percent to about 15 percent, respectively.

Those who responded to the survey reported a drop in cases of heart trouble or angina and stroke or stroke-related health problems by about 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

Reports of being overweight rose by over 13 percent, but reports of obesity decreased by over 4 percent.

Reports of cancer dropped 3 percent, from over 12 percent in 2015 to over 9 percent in 2018.

Mille Lacs County adults reported a drop in both asthma and chronic lung disease by about 5 percent and less than 1 percent, respectively.

Reports of arthritis rose slightly, from over 24 percent to over 26 percent.

Mille Lacs County adults reported increases in cases of depression, anxiety or panic attacks or other mental health issues from 2015 to 2018.

There was also an overall increase of adults who reported being depressed in the last 30 days from 2015 to 2018.

Mille Lacs County adults reported higher rates of difficulties related to mental or emotional health issues in their daily lives.

The survey highlighted that over 26 percent of adults reported being worried about food running out in the past 12 months in 2018, down from 29 percent in 2015.

Use of SNAP, WIC or a food shelf dropped from over 14 percent in 2015 to over 11 percent in 2018.

Participation in physical activity dropped from over 83 percent in 2015 to over 77 percent in 2018, according to the survey of Mille Lacs County adults.

Reports of 30 minutes or more of moderate activity for one to four days per week decreased by less than 9 percent but rose by less than 8 percent for five or more days per week. Reports of no moderate activity stayed roughly the same.

Mille Lacs County adults reported a decrease in 20 minutes or more of vigorous activity for one to two days per week, dropping from over 38 percent to over 32 percent from 2015 to 2018 but an increase of over 29 percent to over 31 percent for three or more days a week.

The biggest barrier to physical activity were costs and lack of time, according to the survey. Those that used community resources and facilities reported using nearby waterways for water-related activities, parks, playgrounds, or sports fields and walking trails the most.

Over 70 percent reported not using a health club, fitness center or gym despite only about 12 percent reporting their communities not having those facilities.

Cigarette and e-cigarette use decreased from 2015 to 2018 by over 4 percent and about 2 percent, respectively, but use of cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, and other tobacco products increased slightly.

Alcohol use in the past 30 days increased slightly from over 60 percent in 2015 to over 62 percent in 2018, but heavy alcohol use in the past 30 days remained relatively the same from 9.7 percent to 9.2 percent.

Binge drinking in the last 30 days decreased from over 24 percent in 2015 to over 18 percent in 2018.

Mille Lacs County adults reported a slight increase in reports of being in an abusive relationship, from over 3 percent in 2015 to over 4 percent in 2018.

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