While the notion that knowledge can save your life is highly accepted in society, a new study set out to find some of the direct links between getting a degree and the ability to live longer.
The study was made by researchers at the University of Colorado, New York University and Chapel Hill University of North Caroline. The teams wanted to find out how a degree can affect your living standards and how much education affects a persons survival chances.
The study claims that more than 140.000 deaths could of been avoided if the 2010 population of high school dropouts would of continued their education and obtained a diploma.
Studying the impact of education on a personas decision making process and the effect it has on the availability of better opportunities the team reached some amazing conclusions. The researchers claim that if the entire U.S population would of graduated with a bachelor’s degree, the number of people who died prematurely, could of been lowered by over half a million.
Several health indicators are shown to be improved in patients with higher education, mainly because of the better heath care well paid employees can enjoy. Some disorders like obesity and malnutrition are found in lower percentages when it comes to better paid people, or those who enjoy stable employment.
While the study claims that education can improve cognitive skills, which is an important factor in taking the better decisions there are many other factors that contribute as well.
Not only do highly educated people get better pay, but they also have better access to information, not only through their enhanced education but through connections. Having stable and long term relations with former colleagues who are also well educated, gives a person better access to information.
In a sort of “snowball effect” having a well educated acquaintance whom you can access information through means the possibility of expanding your personal circle. This could include specialists and professionals who can provide advice on vital subjects ranging from medicine and law to nutrition experts.
Education also offers more legal options of employment which can reduce the risk of young or impoverished people ending up in jail or being physically hurt. Knowledge can also expand a persons horizons and offer the opportunity to relocated or immigrate to safer and wealthier areas.
The study was based on data the team collected from the Nation Health Interview Survey and was focused on the reported causes of death in the civilian population and their possible links with education.
The team found that some of the decreases in mortality rates are directly linked with growing access to information and education thus the positive changes are experienced mostly by civilians with higher levels of education.
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