Health and Nutrition of Bethesda, MD Residents

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Fifty eight percent of Bethesda residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 21 times per month. This includes chocolate and other flavored milks, as well as hot cocoa made with milk, and does not count small amounts of milk added to coffee or tea. People living here eat an average of four meals (breakfasts, lunches or dinners) per week that were prepared away from home in places such as restaurants, fast food places, food stands, grocery stores or from vending machines. They get one of these meals from a fast-food or pizza place. People here eat two "ready to eat" foods such as salads, soups, chicken, sandwiches and cooked vegetables per month. They also eat three frozen meals or frozen pizzas on average monthly.

Summary

Diet health (%)

  • Here 58.5%
  • Montgomery County 51.4%
  • Maryland 49.9%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Bethesda 20.8
  • County 20.0
  • State 20.3

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Bethesda 4.0
  • Montgomery County 3.7
  • State 3.7

Meals from fast food or pizza place (#/week)

  • Bethesda 1.4
  • Montgomery County 1.7
  • State 1.9

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Bethesda 2.0
  • Montgomery County 1.9
  • Maryland 1.8

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Here 2.9
  • County 3.2
  • State 3.3

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

The average Bethesda resident last visited a dentist one years ago (including all types of dentists, such as, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and all other dental specialists, as well as dental hygienists). Nine percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Seventeen percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). Bethesda residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 59 percent. People living here aged 30 years and older, aside from brushing their teeth with toothbrush, use dental floss or any other device that clean between teeth on average four days per week. They also use mouthwash or other dental rinse products to treat dental disease or dental problems an average of three days per week. The average person living here (including children) has 25 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Bethesda 1.3
  • County 1.8
  • Maryland 1.9

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Here 8.8%
  • County 13.9%
  • State 15.2%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Bethesda 16.5%
  • County 20.0%
  • Maryland 20.7%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Here 58.6%
  • County 49.6%
  • State 47.3%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Here 3.5
  • Montgomery County 3.0
  • Maryland 2.9

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Here 2.5
  • Montgomery County 2.9
  • State 3.1

Average number of teeth

  • Bethesda 24.9
  • Montgomery County 23.7
  • State 23.2

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

The average height of Bethesda residents 16 years and older is 67 inches. The average weight is 174 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 28. Thirty percent of people living here are obese. Forty percent have ever been obese. Forty percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Bethesda 66.9
  • County 66.6
  • Maryland 66.8

Average weight (pounds)

  • Bethesda 173.9
  • Montgomery County 176.3
  • State 181.1

Average BMI

  • Here 27.5
  • County 28.2
  • State 28.8

People that are obese (%)

  • Here 30.4%
  • Montgomery County 34.8%
  • Maryland 38.0%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Here 39.8%
  • Montgomery County 45.2%
  • State 49.1%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Bethesda 39.7%
  • County 36.5%
  • Maryland 35.7%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Sixty percent of Bethesda residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Seventeen percent of people living here have ever used cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Sixteen percent have ever used any form of cocaine, such as powder, 'crack', 'free base', and coca paste. Two percent have ever used heroin. Seven percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Here 60.4%
  • County 58.7%
  • Maryland 61.5%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Bethesda 16.9%
  • County 20.1%
  • State 21.0%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Here 16.0%
  • County 18.4%
  • Maryland 19.1%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Bethesda 1.6%
  • County 2.3%
  • State 2.9%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Here 7.1%
  • Montgomery County 10.5%
  • State 10.3%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Eight percent of people living in Bethesda have ever been told by a doctor or health professional that they have diabetes. Fifty two percent of people had a blood test for high sugar or diabetes within the past three years. Three percent of city residents are currently taking insulin.

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Here 8.2%
  • County 9.5%
  • State 10.2%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Bethesda 51.7%
  • County 47.9%
  • Maryland 48.1%

People taking insulin (%)

  • Here 2.5%
  • County 2.9%
  • Maryland 3.3%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Bethesda residents 20 years and older on average get up to urinate one time at night (from time they go to bed at night until the time they get up in the morning).

Summary

Avg. # of times urinating at night

  • Bethesda 1.0
  • Montgomery County 1.1
  • State 1.2

Eleven percent of Bethesda residents above the age of 40 have problems with their ability to smell, such as not being able to smell things or things not smelling the way they are supposed to. Six percent have been having problems with their ability to taste sweet, sour, salty or bitter foods and drinks. Sixty eight percent of people above the age of 40 have ever had wisdom teeth removed. Thirty five percent have ever had their tonsils removed. Fifteen percent have lost consciousness because of a head injury. Twenty percent have ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull. Forty four percent have had two or more sinus infections.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Here 11.0%
  • Montgomery County 10.8%
  • Maryland 10.4%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Here 5.6%
  • Montgomery County 5.1%
  • State 5.6%

People 40+ that ever had wisdom teeth removed (%)

  • Bethesda 68.4%
  • County 65.0%
  • State 64.8%

People 40+ that ever had tonsils teeth removed (%)

  • Bethesda 35.1%
  • Montgomery County 25.8%
  • Maryland 25.3%

People 40+ that ever had a loss of consciousness because of a head injury (%)

  • Here 14.6%
  • County 14.0%
  • State 14.1%

People 40+ that ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull (%)

  • Bethesda 20.5%
  • Montgomery County 18.9%
  • State 19.4%

People 40+ that ever had two or more sinus infections (%)

  • Here 43.5%
  • County 37.9%
  • Maryland 38.3%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Eighty six percent of people living in Bethesda are covered by health insurance or some other kind of health care plan.

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Bethesda 85.8%
  • Montgomery County 77.6%
  • State 76.0%

Twenty three percent of people living in Bethesda have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension (also called high blood pressure). Twenty five percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Fifty percent of people in Bethesda frequently check their blood cholesterol. Nineteen percent of people have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that their blood cholesterol level was high.

Summary

Has high blood pressure (%)

  • Bethesda 23.3%
  • Montgomery County 20.9%
  • State 23.3%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Here 24.9%
  • Montgomery County 23.4%
  • Maryland 24.6%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Bethesda 50.5%
  • County 43.9%
  • State 44.1%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Here 18.8%
  • Montgomery County 17.5%
  • State 18.5%

Fifty percent of people living in Bethesda use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Here 50.3%
  • County 36.7%
  • State 32.4%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Twenty percent of Bethesda residents 18 years old and older have usually little interest or pleasure in doing things. Twenty percent often feel down, depressed, or hopeless. Thirty six percent of people living here have trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleep too much. Forty eight percent of people often feel tired or have little energy. Twenty percent are bothered by poor appetite or overeating. Seventeen percent often feel badly about themselves, that they are a failure or have let themselves or their families down. Fifteen percent have trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching TV. Eight percent of people living here move or speak so slowly that other people could have noticed, or the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that they have been moving around a lot more than usual. Three percent have thoughts that they would be better off dead or of hurting themselves in some way.

Summary

People who have little interest in doing things (%)

  • Here 20.3%
  • County 24.9%
  • State 25.5%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Bethesda 20.2%
  • Montgomery County 25.4%
  • Maryland 26.0%

People who have trouble sleeping or sleeping too much (%)

  • Here 36.4%
  • Montgomery County 39.7%
  • State 40.0%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Here 47.8%
  • County 50.2%
  • Maryland 50.0%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Here 19.6%
  • County 25.9%
  • State 27.3%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Here 16.8%
  • Montgomery County 19.7%
  • State 20.2%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Bethesda 15.3%
  • County 18.2%
  • State 18.0%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Bethesda 7.6%
  • County 12.2%
  • State 12.9%

People having thoughts they would be better off dead (%)

  • Here 2.8%
  • County 4.0%
  • Maryland 4.1%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Bethesda residents on average take two prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Bethesda 2.1
  • Montgomery County 1.9
  • Maryland 2.0

Eighty two percent of people living in Bethesda have at least one alcoholic drink per month. Nine percent of people living here do not drink alcohol at all. People living here drink alcohol 6.3 days per month on average. They have 4.6 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 15 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • Here 82.3%
  • Montgomery County 78.1%
  • Maryland 78.5%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Here 8.9%
  • Montgomery County 11.5%
  • Maryland 11.2%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Bethesda 6.3
  • Montgomery County 4.9
  • State 4.9

Average drinks/week

  • Bethesda 4.6
  • Montgomery County 5.1
  • State 5.4

Average days/year people drink much

  • Here 14.5
  • Montgomery County 19.4
  • State 22.0

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ninety seven percent of Bethesda residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Ninety four percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Eighty seven percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Thirty nine percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Eight percent of males in Bethesda have ever had any kind of sex with a man, including oral or anal. Ninety six percent of females have ever had vaginal sex with a man. Eighty six percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Thirty four percent have ever had anal sex. Eight percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Bethesda were 18 years old on average when they had sex for the first time. The average man in his lifetime had any kind of sex with 18 women. He has vaginal sex with 13 women. People living here were on average 23 years old when they first performed oral sex on a woman. In their lifetime they performed oral sex on average on three women. Males in their lifetime have anal or oral sex with 2.8 men on average. They have had 1.3 anal sex partners in their lifetime. People in Bethesda were 20 years old on average when they first performed oral sex on a man. They performed oral sex on average on four men in their lifetime. Five percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Bethesda has vaginal or anal sex 49 times a year. Fifty four percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Bethesda 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with nine men on average. They have had seven male vaginal sex partners in their lifetimes. Women here have on average 0.3 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Eighty three percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

People 18+ that ever had sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) (%)

  • Bethesda 96.8%
  • Montgomery County 96.8%
  • State 97.2%

Males 18+ that ever had vaginal sex with a woman (%)

  • Here 93.8%
  • County 93.4%
  • State 94.4%

Males 18+ that ever performed oral sex on a woman (%)

  • Bethesda 87.1%
  • County 84.3%
  • Maryland 84.9%

Males 18+ that ever had anal sex with a woman (%)

  • Here 39.1%
  • Montgomery County 45.1%
  • Maryland 46.1%

Males 18+ that ever had any sex with a man (%)

  • Here 8.1%
  • Montgomery County 6.7%
  • State 5.7%

Females 18+ that ever had vaginal sex with a man (%)

  • Bethesda 96.1%
  • Montgomery County 96.3%
  • State 96.8%

Females 18+ that ever performed oral sex on a man (%)

  • Here 86.0%
  • County 82.9%
  • Maryland 81.7%

Females 18+ that ever had anal sex with a man (%)

  • Here 34.3%
  • Montgomery County 37.0%
  • Maryland 37.0%

Females 18+ that ever had any kind of sex with a woman (%)

  • Bethesda 8.1%
  • County 10.9%
  • State 12.0%

Average age people first had sex

  • Here 18.2
  • County 17.5
  • State 16.9

Average number of female sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Bethesda 18.2
  • County 23.7
  • Maryland 27.4

Average number of female vaginal sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Here 12.9
  • Montgomery County 19.3
  • Maryland 22.0

Average age people first performed oral sex on a woman (18+)

  • Bethesda 23.3
  • Montgomery County 22.5
  • State 22.4

Average number of woman performed oral sex on in lifetime (18+)

  • Bethesda 3.4
  • County 4.4
  • State 4.6

Average number of male sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Bethesda 2.8
  • County 2.3
  • Maryland 2.0

Average number of male anal sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Bethesda 1.3
  • County 1.2
  • Maryland 1.1

Average age people first performed oral sex on a man (18+)

  • Bethesda 19.8
  • County 20.1
  • State 20.1

Average number of male oral sex partners in lifetime (18+)

  • Here 3.7
  • Montgomery County 4.1
  • State 4.1

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Here 5.2%
  • County 8.4%
  • Maryland 10.3%

Average number of times people have vaginal or anal sex a year

  • Bethesda 49.4
  • County 57.2
  • State 57.5

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Bethesda 54.2%
  • County 52.4%
  • State 52.5%

Average number of male sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Bethesda 8.5
  • County 10.0
  • Maryland 11.1

Average number of male vaginal sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Bethesda 7.3
  • Montgomery County 8.8
  • Maryland 9.5

Average number of female sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Bethesda 0.3
  • Montgomery County 0.5
  • Maryland 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Bethesda 82.7%
  • County 74.8%
  • Maryland 78.6%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Nine percent of households in Bethesda use chemical products in their homes to control fleas, roaches, ants, termites or other insects. Five percent use chemical products in their lawns or gardens to kill weeds.

Summary

Households using pesticides to control insects (%)

  • Here 8.9%
  • County 10.0%
  • State 10.9%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Bethesda 4.7%
  • County 4.6%
  • State 4.2%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Bethesda residents 16 years and older usually get seven hours of sleep at night on weekdays or workdays. Twenty nine percent of them have trouble sleeping.

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Bethesda 7.0
  • County 6.8
  • State 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Bethesda 28.9%
  • County 28.4%
  • Maryland 29.1%

Thirty two percent of Bethesda residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Here 31.5%
  • County 46.2%
  • Maryland 51.3%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Fifteen percent of Bethesda residents' work involve vigorous-intensity activity that causes large increases in breathing or heart rate, like carrying or lifting heavy loads, digging or construction work for at least 10 minutes continuously. Thirty one percent of people do moderate-intensity activities at work that cause small increases in breathing or heart rate such as brisk walking or carrying light loads for at least 10 minutes continuously. Thirty one percent walk or bicycle for at least 10 minutes continuously to get to and from places. Twenty nine percent do any vigorous-intensity sports, fitness or recreational activities that cause large increases in breathing or heart rate like running or basketball for at least 10 minutes continuously. Fifty four percent do any moderate-intensity sports, fitness or recreational activities that cause a small increase in breathing or heart rate such as brisk walking, bicycling, swimming or golf for at least 10 minutes continuously. People living here spend seven hours sitting on a typical day (this includes sitting at work, at home, getting to and from places, or with friends, including time spent sitting at a desk, traveling in a car or bus, reading, playing cards, watching television or using a computer). They usually sit and watch TV or videos for about two hours per day. They use a computer or play computer games (including Playstation, Nintendo DS, or other portable video games) outside of work or school for 1.4 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Here 15.2%
  • Montgomery County 17.8%
  • Maryland 19.5%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Bethesda 31.4%
  • County 33.2%
  • Maryland 35.1%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Here 30.8%
  • County 31.1%
  • State 31.2%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Bethesda 29.4%
  • County 23.8%
  • Maryland 22.3%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 54.0%
  • County 45.2%
  • Maryland 42.9%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Here 6.7
  • Montgomery County 6.3
  • State 6.2

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Bethesda 2.3
  • Montgomery County 2.6
  • State 2.8

Average hours a day using computer

  • Bethesda 1.4
  • County 1.4
  • State 1.3

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Nine percent of Bethesda residents have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they had asthma. Three percent of people living here has anemia, sometimes called "tired blood" or "low blood". Four percent of people 16 years and older have ever been told by a doctor or other health care professional that they had psoriasis. Thirty three percent are overweight. Thirteen percent of people 60 years and older have difficulties in thinking or remembering that can make a big difference in everyday activities (this does not refer to occasionally forgetting your keys or the name of someone you recently met). This refers to things like confusion or memory loss that are happening more often or getting worse. Eleven percent of people living in Bethesda have ever received a blood transfusion. Thirteen percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Twenty four percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. Five percent have ever been told they had gout. Two percent have congestive heart failure. Three percent have coronary heart disease. Two percent have angina, also called angina pectoris. Three percent have ever had a heart attack, also called myocardial infarction. Three percent have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had a stroke. Two percent have ever had emphysema. Nine percent have another thyroid problem. Two percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. Two percent of people had any kind of liver condition. Thirteen percent have ever had cancer or a malignancy of any kind.

Summary

People with asthma (%)

  • Here 9.0%
  • Montgomery County 9.5%
  • State 10.4%

People with anemia (%)

  • Here 3.0%
  • County 3.5%
  • Maryland 4.0%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Here 3.7%
  • Montgomery County 3.5%
  • State 3.4%

People with overweight (%)

  • Here 33.1%
  • Montgomery County 32.9%
  • State 34.1%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Here 12.8%
  • Montgomery County 18.2%
  • State 18.9%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Here 11.0%
  • County 10.5%
  • State 11.2%

People having trouble seeing even with glass/contacts (%)

  • Here 13.4%
  • County 17.9%
  • State 18.5%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Bethesda 23.8%
  • Montgomery County 22.1%
  • Maryland 23.7%

People with gout (%)

  • Here 4.6%
  • Montgomery County 3.6%
  • State 3.8%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Bethesda 1.8%
  • County 2.6%
  • State 3.1%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Bethesda 3.0%
  • County 2.7%
  • Maryland 2.8%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Bethesda 1.9%
  • Montgomery County 1.9%
  • Maryland 2.0%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Bethesda 3.2%
  • County 3.0%
  • State 3.3%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Here 2.8%
  • County 3.2%
  • State 3.6%

People with emphysema (%)

  • Bethesda 1.9%
  • County 2.3%
  • Maryland 2.8%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Here 9.1%
  • County 7.1%
  • State 6.8%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Bethesda 2.4%
  • Montgomery County 2.9%
  • Maryland 3.4%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Here 2.1%
  • County 2.7%
  • State 2.8%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Bethesda 12.6%
  • Montgomery County 7.9%
  • Maryland 8.0%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Fifty seven percent of births in Bethesda were vaginal deliveries. Forty three percent of deliveries were cesarean. 99.3 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Fifty five percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Sixty eight percent of women breastfeed their children. Twenty percent of women in Bethesda have ever had a hysterectomy, including a partial hysterectomy (that is, surgery to remove their uterus or womb). Twelve percent had both of their ovaries removed (either when they had their uterus removed or at another time). Seventy six percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Ten percent of women are currently taking birth control pills. Ten percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. Twenty two percent have ever used female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, including any forms of female hormones, such as pills, cream, patch and injections, but do not include birth control methods or use for infertility.

Summary

Vaginal deliveries (%)

  • Here 57.3%
  • Montgomery County 61.6%
  • State 62.7%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Bethesda 42.7%
  • Montgomery County 38.4%
  • State 37.3%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Bethesda 99.3%
  • County 99.2%
  • Maryland 99.2%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Here 55.1%
  • County 57.9%
  • State 58.5%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Here 68.4%
  • Montgomery County 59.7%
  • Maryland 53.8%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Bethesda 20.4%
  • Montgomery County 18.8%
  • Maryland 20.7%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Here 12.5%
  • County 10.1%
  • Maryland 10.7%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Here 76.0%
  • Montgomery County 71.5%
  • State 74.2%

Women taking birth control pills (%)

  • Bethesda 10.5%
  • County 7.8%
  • State 7.8%

Women that have ever used Depo-Provera or injectables (%)

  • Bethesda 10.2%
  • Montgomery County 15.4%
  • Maryland 16.9%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Bethesda 21.7%
  • Montgomery County 15.4%
  • State 15.8%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People living in Bethesda report their general health condition on average at 64 percent. Six percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 40 percent of Bethesda residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Eight percent of people living in Bethesda are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Here 63.6%
  • County 57.6%
  • State 56.2%

Blood donors (%)

  • Bethesda 6.2%
  • Montgomery County 4.8%
  • Maryland 4.5%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Bethesda 39.8%
  • Montgomery County 41.4%
  • Maryland 44.1%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Here 8.3%
  • Montgomery County 8.2%
  • State 8.7%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People in Bethesda spend $381 per month on average on food for their families at supermarkets or grocery stores. This is 16 percent of their income. The average family in Bethesda spends $83 on food at other stores monthly. This is three percent of their income. They spend $207 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is seven percent of their income. They also spend $32 monthly on carried out or delivered food. This is one percent of their income.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Bethesda $381
  • County $371
  • State $361

Income spent on food at supermarket/grocery store (%)

  • Bethesda 16.4%
  • Montgomery County 21.3%
  • State 23.4%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Bethesda $83
  • County $81
  • State $76

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Here 3.2%
  • Montgomery County 4.0%
  • Maryland 4.2%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Bethesda $207
  • Montgomery County $159
  • Maryland $144

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Bethesda 7.1%
  • County 6.9%
  • Maryland 6.6%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Here $32
  • County $27
  • Maryland $26

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Bethesda 1.0%
  • County 1.1%
  • Maryland 1.2%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People living in Bethesda report their general condition of hearing on average at 81 percent. Eighty five percent of them can usually hear and understand, without the use of a hearing aid or any other listening devices, what a person says without seeing his or her face if that person whispers to them from across a quiet room. Ninety six percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Fifteen percent of Bethesda population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Twenty eight percent of people living here have ever had a job where they were exposed to loud sounds or noise. Loud means so loud that they must speak in a raised voice to be heard. Twelve percent of people in Bethesda had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Bethesda 81.3%
  • Montgomery County 80.9%
  • State 80.5%

People that can hear a whisper from across a quiet room (%)

  • Bethesda 84.8%
  • County 82.3%
  • Maryland 81.0%

People that can hear normal voice from across a quiet room (%)

  • Bethesda 96.5%
  • County 95.7%
  • State 95.5%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Bethesda 15.5%
  • County 17.1%
  • Maryland 18.1%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 27.8%
  • County 35.1%
  • Maryland 38.7%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Bethesda 11.7%
  • Montgomery County 13.0%
  • State 14.7%

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Twenty eight percent of Bethesda residents 40 and older take a low-dose aspirin each day to prevent heart attacks, strokes or cancer.

Summary

Adults 40+ taking low-dose aspirin (%)

  • Bethesda 27.9%
  • County 23.8%
  • State 24.9%

Ten percent of Bethesda residents 20 or older have limitations caused by a long-term physical, mental or emotional problems or illnesses keeping them from working at a job or business. Sixteen percent are limited in the kind or amount of work they can do because of physical, mental or emotional problems. Seven percent have difficulty walking without using any special equipment. Six percent are limited in any way because of difficulty remembering or because they experience periods of confusion. Seven percent of people here have health problems that require them to use special equipment, such as a cane, wheelchair, special bed or special telephone.

Summary

People having limitations keeping them from working (%)

  • Here 10.2%
  • County 15.2%
  • State 17.1%

People limited in amount of work they can do (%)

  • Here 16.2%
  • Montgomery County 20.6%
  • Maryland 22.7%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Bethesda 6.6%
  • Montgomery County 7.6%
  • Maryland 8.7%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Bethesda 5.7%
  • County 8.3%
  • Maryland 9.0%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Here 6.6%
  • Montgomery County 6.6%
  • Maryland 7.5%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

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