Recent research on age proves that richer and more educated people live longer than poorer ones.
A new study by the Journal of Gerontology has proven that richer people in the United States and the United Kingdom live as much as nine years longer than those who struggle with poverty throughout their lives, writes yahoo.com, as reported by pokojnina.hr.
Researchers followed about 25,000 aging people for ten years, and focused on “quality” last years of life. In other words, it is important not only to live long, but also to spend your last years with a high quality of life and in relative health.
“When extending life expectancy, the quality of those extra years is very important, we want people to be able to spend them in health. Regardless of age, these people function, walk, and do things they have done most of their lives. In the research, we focused on such years “, said the author of the study, Dr. Paola Zaninotto.
The results of the research should not come as a big shock to you – people with more education had more healthy-old years than people with less education. Likewise, wealthier people had more healthy years than those who struggled financially through life, although the difference between them when viewed by the money parameter is smaller than when viewed by education level.
“We intentionally looked at wealth, not income, because we know how important this socio-economic indicator is. If we measure wealth, then we also measure real estate, savings, investments – something that a person needs to accumulate for a very long time. We measure the current and past financial condition of our respondents with wealth, ”she said.
Also, research has shown a huge difference between rich and poor members of society.
Dr. Marina Martin of Stanford says several factors affect how long someone will live. Some we have control over, some we don’t: “Genetics, biological sex, the safety of our circulation, access to healthy food, regular physical activity, good social connections and access to good health care – all affect how long we live,” she said.