People with academic qualifications 'less at risk from heart problems'

7th July

People who leave school without any qualifications are at a greater risk of suffering from heart problems, according to new research.

A study conducted at the University of Manchester and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), found that returning to education in later life can also help reduce people's risk levels.

Men with no qualifications were at greater risk of heart problems than women in a similar situation.

Professor Tarani Chandola commented: "Health inequalities are a major concern in the UK and elsewhere.

"While there has been a great deal of attention paid to the importance of having a good start in life, we also need to think about what we can do to improve the health of adults who haven't had the best start to their lives."

He added that returning to education can have health benefits as well as social and economic benefits.

Posted by Edward Bartel

1, Professor Tarani Chandola et al, Is adult education associated with reduced coronary heart disease risk?, International Journal of Epidemiology, 2011

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