According to the findings of a recent study, a low level of education could bring about higher mortality rates, as these two features are heavily linked.
The study was conducted by a team of researchers from New York University, University of Colorado and the University of North Carolina. They have employed a massive amount of data provided by the National Health Interview Survey carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between 1986 and 2006.
This survey included a wide variety of questions that could help scientists to better assess education levels, in regards to mortality rates. Aside from the National Health Interview Survey, the study also included information regarding the education and mortality rates from 1925, 1935 and 1945, so that they could offer a wider perspective on the matter.
The study found that not only is there a link between these two facts, but that a person’s level of education can actually have significant consequences on their quality of life and also on mortality rates.
After carefully analyzing the data, the researchers have concluded that every year as many as 145,000 people could have been saved from their death if they had finalized their high school studies and that 110,000 more lives could have been saved if these people would have chosen to get a college education.
“Our results suggest that policies and interventions that improve educational attainment could substantially improve survival in the U.S. population, especially given widening educational disparities”, said University of Colorado’s assistant professor Patrick Krueger.
He added that despite the fact that mortality rates are getting lower and lower with every passing year, it is still among the educated class that the lowest mortality rates are registers to. And it makes perfect sense that this be the situation, as a richer education provides a person with a wide range of benefits that ultimately affect his life expectancy.
A higher education means a better chance at a well-paid job, in spite of the unemployment rates registered among college graduates. In its turn, a better paid job can provide a person with a better quality of life, that includes a better diet, better living conditions and a well established heath insurance plan.
Having health insurance is a crucial aspect, because it not only provides a person with the means of curing a disease that he might have acquired, but with a fair chance of preventing disease. Preventative medicine is a luxury that people with low incomes cannot afford, and the effects of this particular aspect are extremely visible.
Another aspect that could be associated with having a better education is having a better understanding of how to keep away from health risk situations. Thus, the level of protection is increased in accordance to a person’s level of education. Furthermore, a high school or college degree increase the chances of working in a safer environment, which ultimately weighs heavily on a person’s state of health.
The findings of this study are extremely relevant to our times, as they could greatly contribute to the development of awareness campaigns meant to keep people in school. The study was published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.
Image Source: firstfocus.org