BCBS found that caregivers were more likely to suffer hypertension (64%) and obesity (50%), as well as mental health disorders like major depression (37%) and anxiety (34%). (Photo: Shutterstock)

The family members who provide unpaid care for loved ones are paying for their kindness with poorer health, according to a new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The federation’s report, “The Impact of Caregiving on Mental and Physical Health,” used BCBS claims data to analyze the overall health of members who were caring for a close family member compared to those who were not. It found that caregivers’ health is 26% poorer than people who aren’t taking on those responsibilities.

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