Scientists have told how the level of education affects life expectancy

Scientists have told how the level of education affects life expectancy


With each year of education, the risk of death decreases by 2%, so lifelong learners can live longer.

This is evidenced by the results of a study published in the journal The Lancet Public Health, writes Medical Xpress.

Scientists from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology studied more than 600 articles, which collected data from 59 countries of the world.

It is noted that most studies have been conducted in high-income countries, so there is a need for additional studies in low- and middle-income countries, in particular, in sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa.

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The researchers found that people who completed six years of primary school had a 13% lower risk of death on average.

By continuing their education, their risk of death decreased by almost 25% after finishing high school, and by 34% after 18 years of education.

“A higher level of education leads to better employment and higher income, better access to health care and helps us take care of our own health.

Highly educated people tend to develop a greater set of social and psychological resources that contribute to their health and longevity.” – noted the co-author of the scientific work, Mirza Balaj.

The researchers also compared the effects of education with other risk factors for death, such as healthy eating, smoking, and alcohol abuse.

They found that the health effects were similar – the benefits of 18 years of education were comparable to the benefits of eating enough vegetables, as opposed to none at all.

Not going to school is as bad for your health as drinking five or more alcoholic drinks a day or smoking ten cigarettes a day for 10 years, scientists say.

Education is important not only because of its impact on health. Thanks to research, we can estimate the magnitude of its impact“, said study co-author Terje Andreas Eikemo.

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The researchers also found that the influence of education on life expectancy does not depend on the country in which a person lives.

According to scientists, this may indicate that the level of education has the same effect on the life expectancy of people living in poor countries.

Earlier, we talked about how to create an effective adult education system in Ukraine.

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