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Graduates Live Longer than Droputs

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 11:22 AM

Staying in school isn’t just cool, as the saying goes, it can also boost longevity.
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health have found Americans with with less than a high school education have life expectancies similar to adults in the 1950s and 1960s, despite advances in healthcare and increases in U.S. life expectancy overall.
The research, funded by The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society, examined life expectancy by race, sex and education from 1990 through 2008.
"Over the last couple of decades, almost all longevity boats have risen," said S. Jay Olshansky, who led the study, published in the journal Health Affairs. “But there have been some subgroups that have had a drop in life expectancy.
For instance, he said the "most highly educated white men live 14 years longer than the least educated black men, and the least educated black women live 10 years less than the most educated white women.
"It's as if Americans with the least education are living in a time warp. The least educated black men are living in 1954, black women in 1962, white women in 1964, and white men in 1972.”
The researchers suggested less educated Americans may experience higher levels of obesity or adopt more dangerous habits such as smoking, alcohol consumption and drug use. They added that a key way to address health disparities is through lifelong education.
"We must find a way to bring these subgroups of the population back into the present," Olshansky said.

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