A healthy diet and a disease-free life are intertwined with longevity, but another factor could be one of the “best predictors” to reach an older age. Prestigious research unearthed from the University of Yale teased out the life-enhancing variable. Collating data from 5,114 Americans – over three decades – the researchers noted that education plays an important part in longevity.
To specify, those with a degree outlived those who didn’t have one.
Approximately 13 percent of participants with a high school diploma (equivalent to finishing college here in the UK) died during the course of the experiment.
Meanwhile, only five percent of participants who finished American college (equivalent to university) passed away.
It’s worth pointing out here that participants were recruited in their early 20s, meaning people would have passed away in their 50s.
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Each educational step obtained led to 1.37 fewer years of lost life expectancy, the study revealed.
“These findings are powerful,” said Brita Roy, an assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology.
The research paper’s author added that “improving equity in access to and quality of education” could be beneficial.
It’ll help to extend life expectancy among middle-aged adults.
If you’ve not completed higher education in your youth, taking up a new course is never too late.
Returning to education – whether it be an online class, in person, or part time – is a great way to keep your mind mentally sharp.
It’s also a way to help minimise the risk of dementia, said the Alzheimer’s Society.
“Regularly challenging yourself mentally seems to build up the brain’s ability to cope with disease,” the charity explained.
This could mean having a body mass index (BMI) that falls into a healthy range (18.5 to 24.9).
Obesity, on the other hand, is connected to disease, such as type 2 diabetes.
Johns Hopkins Medicine added that “30 minutes of activity”, five times per week, is key in living longer.
In addition, “healthy food choices” are important in extending your longevity.