Hanover (dpa / lni) - Even before the corona pandemic, many people in Lower Saxony had to deal with diseases - almost half suffered from chronic diseases.

In 2018, 46 percent of those surveyed in the state stated that they were chronically ill, the State Office for Statistics announced on Monday.

In 2015 the share was 42.1 percent.

Almost a quarter (24 percent) had had health problems for at least half a year that restricted people in their daily activities.

According to the information, the figures are based on the EU-wide survey on income and living conditions in the countries of the EU, in which around 14,000 households nationwide take part every year - including around 1400 households in Lower Saxony.

The health data were answered by around 2,200 people aged 16 and over in Lower Saxony.

Overall, 63 percent of the respondents rated their state of health as good or very good, more than a quarter as mediocre and just under a tenth (9 percent) as bad or very bad.

Between the ages of 16 and 24, around 92 percent of the population were satisfied with their health, only a fifth suffered from a chronic disease according to their own assessment.

With increasing age, more and more people suffered from health problems.

Between the ages of 75 and older, two-thirds of respondents said they had chronic illnesses.


Education also played a role: while 46 percent of those surveyed with a medium or high level of education said they were chronically ill in 2018, the figure was a good 50 percent among people with a low level of education.