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Education Prolongs Lifespan

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More educated people live longer than those with less education. The finding comes from Harvard University. It shows gap between college and high school graduates.

The report examined death statistics from data banks from 1981 to 1988 and from 1990 to 2000 to estimate average life expectancy of those aged 20. The report compared one year of college with high school education to see how many years of life are added thanks to education.

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From 1981 to 1988 life expectancy of educated people was prolonged by 1.4 years, life expectancy of high school graduates was prolonged by 0.5 years. From 1990 to 2000 life expectancy of educated people was prolonged by 1.6 years and remained unchanged for high school graduates.

The results remain the same for all races, but educated men appeared to have twice more prolonged life expectancy than educated women.

The study doesn't necessarily mean that one will live longer if he goes to college. It just shows that the more educated a person is he is more likely to have a healthier lifestyle. People with college education respect science, they understand how important screenings and doctor visits are.

Those with one year of college are shown to have lower smoking rates compared to those with high school education. Those with highs school education have lower smoking rates compared to those with those with less education. Lots of anti-smoking campaigns are educating people about how harmful smoking is, but the rates still remain high, especially among those with less education. Every single person knows that smoking damages health, but those with less education are less likely quit.