10 Medical Conditions For Which You Can Reduce the Risk with Better Education

2009-12-31 | |
Last updated: 2009-12-31
education and health risks

Over the last several decades, medical and population studies have continually identified that those with better education enjoy better health. Though the relationship between better education and better health is neither a direct nor a simple one, the research shows that those with more than just a basic education have a leg up with regard to good health over those who do not. The following are 10 health related problems for which level of education and health have been linked.

1. Colon Cancer

A study conducted at the Centre for Epidemiology and Health Research in Berlin found that those with some level of university education were more than 35% less likely to develop colon cancer than people with lower education levels.

2. Stroke

Researchers at a number of institutions including Northwestern University and Peking University found that people who had higher level education had an almost 20% lower risk of developing atherosclerosis, the accumulation of plaque in the arteries, than those without the additional education.

3. Prostate Cancer

Research conducted at the University of California-San Francisco found that having lower levels of education made people more prone to developing prostate cancer though the study did not report the exact risks.

4. Rate of Mental Decline with Age

University of Michigan Medical School researchers found that those with higher education and income had 40% less impairment of their ability to think clearly and understand ideas as they aged.

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Category: Disease Prevention, General Health

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