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Healthy Lifestyles and Education Level

Reductions in the risk of stroke and heart disease can be attributed to better education as well as living in wealthy countries. Citizens of middle- and low-income countries do not experience this lowering of cardiovascular risks. This is according to a new study. Men from high-income countries that are well educated had the lowest rates of heart disease, according the study. The results of this study also show that these results are not the same in less wealthy countries.

The lead author of the study Dr. Abhinav Goyal points at that results of studies such as these that are researched in wealthy countries, cannot be thought to have the same results in poor nations. He says that other studies actually conducted in those poorer countries need happen in order to see the correct study results. Dr Goyal is a professor at Emory Rollins School of Public Health, as well as the Atlanta-based Emory School of Medicine.

Dr. Goyal studied —during a two-year period — approximately 61,000 subjects from 44 countries. These subjects had bee diagnosed with cardiovascular, stroke or heart disease risk factors. These risks include smoking, elevated blood pressure, clogged blood vessels or obesity.

On interesting fact that came out in the study is that about 50 percent of well-educated women in wealth countries engaged in smoking and only 35 percent of lesser educated women smoked. In the lower income countries these numbers saw highly educated women smoked at a rate of about 21 percent, with 14 percent had received less education.

On the men’s side 66 percent of well educated men from wealth countries smoked. Compare this to 75 percent with a lower level of education. And interesting, subjects from the lower income countries had smoke rates that were the same across all levels of education. Goyal points out that a high-level of education does not mean a healthier lifestyle.

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