Health, The Good Life
If you think that good genes and a healthy lifestyle are the only things that will determine how long you live,think again. According to a study from the Harvard Medical School and Harvard University people with higher education can expect to live up to seven years longer than their less-educated counterparts. The Boston-based study also found that the gap in life expectancy between education groups has been growing in the past two decades. From 1980 to 1990, highly educated individuals increased their life expectancy by nearly a year and a half, while it grew only half a year for less-educated people. The gap widened even more in the next 10 years.
As of 2000, the better-educated group could expect to live to age 82, while the other group’s expectancy remained at 75.
The researchers say the longevity gap appears to be caused in part by better access to information about diseases and medical advances. And they say smoking was another prime cause of the gap. Adults in the U.S. smoke only half as much as they did forty years ago, but much of that decline occurred among the more educated group.