Being rich "can add nine healthy years to your life"

The wealthiest households could expect an extra nine years of healthy life

Publishing in The Journals of Gerontology, researchers from University College London found that people from the poorest groups from both countries could expect to live 7-9 fewer years without disability than those in the richest groups at the age of 50.

In the meantime, women from the richest groups in the United States and England lived in good health for around 33 years, compared to 24 to 25 years for the poorest.

In both countries, study participants over 50 years of age were divided into three groups by total household wealth and their health was tracked up until 2013.

Referencing other research showing an American disadvantage in health compared with the British, the study says that "since access to healthcare is not the only explanation for inequalities in health, cross-national comparisons of health expectancy can also help evaluating strategies adopted in different countries to help reducing health inequalities". Yet research has previously shown that such a divide has less to do with age and more to do with health care (or lack thereof). "By measuring healthy life expectancy we can get an estimate of the number of years of life spent in favorable states of health or without disability".

Your wealth could impact how long you live, a new study shows.

The biggest socioeconomic factor in predicting when those problems began was wealth, the team discovered, with richer people enjoying nearly an extra decade before experiencing difficulties.


Analysis didn't show any significant difference between the health of those in the U.S. and in England.

Researchers said they hope that this contribution to the growing literature about income inequality and quality of life motivates policymakers to make health care accessible to everyone.

To help combat this problem, Zaninotto concluded, "In both countries, efforts in reducing health inequalities should target people from disadvantaged socioeconomic groups".

Extreme economic inequality scars our society.

Dr. Victoria Dooley, a family medicine physician who also serves as a surrogate for Sen.

People who ate a good diet, exercised, were a healthy body weight, did not smoke and did not drink too much, lived free of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer for far longer.

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