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International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 58, Issue 1, pp 33–41 | Cite as

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

  • Martin SiegelEmail author
  • Markus Luengen
  • Stephanie Stock
Original Article

Abstract

Objective

This article examines whether the social health gradients in diabetes, hypertension and obesity for men and women vary significantly across different age groups.

Methods

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.

Results

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.

Conclusions

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.

Keywords

Germany Life course perspective Age-specific inequality Obesity Hypertension Diabetes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Siegel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Markus Luengen
    • 2
  • Stephanie Stock
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Health Economics and Clinical Epidemiology University Hospital of CologneCologneGermany
  2. 2.Department of Economics and Social SciencesUniversity of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany

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