BALTIMORE (WJZ) - Health and fitness seems to be a priority for many millennials.

So when new research revealed more millennials in the United States are having strokes, young people were surprised.

"That's pretty shocking to me," Baltimore resident Janine Jasovskysai. "I mean that's something I've never heard."

Justin Berk, also of Baltimore, thinks it will reinforce the generation's perceived values.

"I think it's a wake up call for people to have good health habits, exercise and diet."

Scientific American recently analyzed a study from 2003 to 2012 and found it appears larger cities had bigger increases of strokes compared to rural areas.

The age group affected fell between 18 and 34 years old. There was a 32 percent spike in strokes among millennial females and a 15 percent jump among millennial men.

A Baltimore-area doctor offered his input, saying the surge is preventable.

"Almost perfect storm of problems," Dr. Marc Leavey of Mercy Medical Center. "So you have obesity, eating too much, exercising too little, gaining weight, not being active. All of these factors can combine to produce a situation where the body just can't deal with that."

Doctor Leavey also says smoking could be part of the problem for millennials.

But some people had their own theories. They believe millennials have not been taught how to handle stress.

"That's the fault of generations like myself and previous ones, yes," one man said. He went on to agree with the notion that millennials are "too pampered."

The research mentioned drug use may also be a factor in the increased number of strokes that have been recorded among those 18 to 34 year old.