Death rates are lesser in Holocaust survivors, even though they have higher rates of chronic conditions, finds a new study. The deaths and chronic conditions are being compared with the population of Israel.
The results of this study are published in the journal of JAMA Network Open.
Holocaust survivors had higher rates of chronic conditions but lower rates of death than a comparison group of individuals insured by the same healthcare services organization in Israel.
Biological and psychosocial reasons that may help to explain the findings need more study, but researchers suggest unique characteristics of resilience among Holocaust survivors and better health literacy may be among the possibilities.