Want to Live longer? Get Higher Education

Do you want to live longer (and healthier) life? I suppose we all want to live longer and healthier life. Till recent years research on longer and healthier life was focusing on genetics, family history (of different hereditary medical disorders), economic status and many such related things.

But, latest research suggest that educational status has a greater impact on our longevity than many other factors that were in the focus of research about our longevity such as genetics, family history, economic status etc. So, latest advice J to live longer and healthier life is to add more degrees after your name. Latest researches suggest that educational status is the most important predictor for longer life. Of course education is not the only variable that impact longevity, but it is certainly one of the most important/powerful variables.

How education status impact health and longevity of an individual?

Education exerts direct beneficial effect on health of an individual and family. Educated persons live healthier lifestyle in compare to uneducated or lesser educated individuals. Educated persons can handle/cope stress better and are able to manage chronic diseases (such as diabetes, hypertension, hormonal problems etc.) better than uneducated counterparts. Education help to understand about the disease and help to implement physicians advise better.

There are also some indirect beneficial effects of education on health and longevity such as better access to higher paying jobs (as a result higher income), privilege in social position, better access to good healthcare services etc.

Research conducted in US found that in 2008, individuals with fewer than twelve years of education have life expectancy similar to life expectancy in 1950s. But individuals with sixteen or more years of education has six to ten years extra life expectancy in compare to individuals with 12 years or less in education.

The benefits of education on healthier and longer life were more pronounced among whites in compare to blacks. Whites with 12 years of less in education (in 2008) had life expectancy comparable with that of 1970s.

So, get a college degree and live longer and healthier life. Education, after all has more than few benefits.

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