It seems that education is not only good for your career prospects, but it might also have a say in your general health, however odd this might sound.
A new research carried out by a team of experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hilland, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Colorado reached the conclusion that lack of education might be as dangerous as smoking.
The researchers came to the conclusion that better education could have saved as many as 145,000 deaths in 2010 for people who attended high school but failed to get a degree.
Furthermore, 110,068 deaths could have been prevented if people who went to college would have obtained their college degree.
According to general statistics, about the same number of lives could be spared annually if Americans stopped smoking.
In order to reach such surprising conclusions, the researchers analyzed the data of about 1 million people whose ages varied between 25 and 85. They looked at records which dated from 1925 to 2010 to see what consequences education or the lack of education could have on people’s health and how it could influence their lifespan.
Moreover, the data showed that mortality rates decreased as education rates went up, which showed there might be a causality between the two factors.
According to the authors of the study, education is the one of the crucial factors that determine a person’s life:
“Education is important because it sets the stage for a person’s life. It is an early intervention that helps define a person’s career trajectory and income. Education allows people to improve their health in a lot of ways,” said Patrick Krueger, one of the co-authors of the study.
A better education is often associated with better access to a more comfortable life and healthier lifestyle. One thing always leads to another – thus, better education leads to better career prospects and to the possibility of earning more money, better access to information concerning lifestyle choices and staying healthier.
Those who don’t have access to such things are more likely to suffer from poor health earlier in life and have a shorter life span.
Statistics show that about 90 percent of the U.S. citizens have a high school degree and 30 percent of them attend college but do not get their degree.
The best thing to do is to encourage people to complete their studies and gain access to higher education. This could make a huge difference and it could literally save their lives.
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