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New study highlights the role of education in reducing adult mortality

CHAIN and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) published a ground-breaking study in The Lancet Public Health highlighting education as a vital factor in reducing adult mortality across demographics.

Findings reveal that each extra year of education reduces mortality risk by nearly 2%, and that education benefits people of all ages and backgrounds. Those who completed six years of education had around 13% lower mortality risk, while 18 years of education resulted in a reduction of around 34%. Having had no schooling was shown to be as bad for your health as smoking 10 cigarettes a day.

Education provides a pathway to improving overall health, as it leads to better employment, income, and access to healthcare. The study emphasizes the need for global efforts to improve education access to interrupt the cycle of poverty and preventable deaths.

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Mirza Balaj, Claire A. Henson, Amanda Aronsson, Aleksandr Aravkin, Kathryn Beck, Claire Degail, Lorena Donadello, Kristoffer Eikemo, Joseph Friedman, Anna Giouleka, Indrit Gradeci, Simon I. Hay, Magnus Rom Jensen, Susan A. Mclaughlin, Erin C. Mullany, Erin M. O’connell, Kam Sripada, Donata Stonkute, Reed J.D. Sorensen, Solvor Solhaug, Hanne Dahl Vonen, Celine Westby, Peng Zheng, Talal Mohammad, Terje Andreas Eikemo, Emmanuela Gakidou (2024). Effects of education on adult mortality: a global systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet Public Health, Volume 9, Issue 3, e155-e165. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-2667(23)00306-7