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Table 4 Health status and medical conditions by age group (weighted %), 2013

From: Factors predicting health services use among older people in China: An analysis of the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study 2013

  Aged 45–54 Aged 55–64 Aged 65–74 Aged 75+ Total
Good perceived health 27.9 22.9 20.5 20.3 23.8
Fair perceived health 51.3 50.6 46.9 43.9 49.3
Poor perceived health 18.8 23.6 29.0 30.8 23.9
Very poor perceived health 2.0 2.8 3.7 5.1 3.0
No chronic disease 44.4 33.0 23.8 28.0 33.7
One chronic disease 29.2 31.0 29.0 29.5 29.9
Two chronic diseases 15.3 18.6 22.8 18.9 18.6
Three and more chronic diseases 11.1 17.3 24.4 23.7 17.8
Any physical disability 2.1 2.8 3.7 5.0 3.0
Any functional loss 5.9 9.5 15.1 22.3 10.9
Any ADL limitation 3.5 6.9 11.0 23.4 9.5
No depression 88.9 86.0 85.4 88.2 87.1
Moderate/mild depression 8.9 10.8 11.3 9.9 10.2
Major depression 2.2 3.3 3.2 1.9 2.8
Fair/poor memory 80.5 84.4 83.3 81.3 82.6
No pain 68.0 64.3 62.9 62.6 65.1
A little pain 18.2 17.2 17.6 17.3 17.6
Some pain 7.4 8.4 8.9 9.9 8.3
Quite a lot pain 4.5 6.6 7.0 7.5 6.1
A lot pain 1.9 3.6 3.6 2.7 2.9
Current a smoker 22.3 20.7 19.8 12.2 20.1
Former a smoker 6.6 9.2 11.9 15.4 9.5
Never a smoker 71.1 70.1 68.3 72.4 70.4
Drinking alcohol more than once per month 29.3 27.2 24.6 17.7 26.3
Drinking alcohol less than once per month 9.4 8.0 6.4 5.7 7.9
Not drinking alcohol 61.4 64.8 69.1 76.7 65.9
Regular physical exercises 50.1 46.5 50.5 41.3 48.1
Less than regular physical exercises 43.5 44.9 37.4 32.8 41.8
No physical exercise 6.4 8.7 12.1 25.9 10.2
  1. Data source: Authors’ own calculation using CHARLS 2013 national data