When chronic health problems crop up in middle age, better-educated US adults appear more likely to make healthy lifestyle changes than their less-educated peers.
Data from the Health and Retirement Study show that among adults in their 50s, those who hadn’t completed high school had a 15% to 20% likelihood of quitting smoking when faced with a new chronic condition. But those with a college education had more than a 30% chance of quitting. The latter had a 22% probability of starting exercise following diagnosis of a new chronic condition compared with 18% for those without a high school diploma.
From JAMA’s Daily News Site. JAMA. 2013;310(20):2138. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283176