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Is There a Connection Between Education and Ageing?

by Savitha C Muppala on May 12, 2011 at 11:53 PM
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 Is There a Connection Between Education and Ageing?

A recent insight has suggested that the highly educated tend to age slower than their   less-educated counterparts.

During the study, researchers at the University College London found that those who dropped out of school early had shorter telomeres, an indicator of cellular aging.

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Some of the reasons could be that the less educated hail from low-income backgrounds and hence may also be making unhealthy lifestyle choices - like smoking. Due to their lack of proper education, they may be unaware about health and nutrition. Further, they may also not have access to proper healthcare.

"This study found that lower academic attainment is associated with premature aging of cells in the body. It reinforces the need to tackle social inequalities to combat ill health.It's not acceptable that where you live or how much you earn -- or lesser academic attainment -- should put you at greater risk of ill health," said Jeremy Pearson, the foundation's associate medical director



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