November 27, 2013

From JAMA’s Daily News Site

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JAMA. 2013;310(20):2138. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283176

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.

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