Several studies suggest a correlation exists between poor health and a lack of education.
USA (WiredPRNews.com) – Some health issues have been linked to poor education. As reported by HealthDay News, experts state that there is research to support the notion that adults who have not obtained a certain level of education are more likely to be in poor health than those who are well educated.
David R. Williams, Harvard School of Public Health professor and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America staff director, is quoted in the report as stating of possible reasons for the link, “Persons with a higher education tend to have better jobs, and better income, better benefits.”
Erik Angner, University of Alabama at Birmingham assistant professor of philosophy and economics, is further quoted as stating, “Modern medicine is incredibly complex… and if you lack the constellation of skills — including basic reading and numerical tasks — required to function adequately in the health-care environment, you might find it harder to effectively request, receive and understand your [medical] care.”
As noted by HealthDay News, experts suggests that improving literacy or returning to school may be beneficial for the health of adults who have received a very limited education.
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