WEDNESDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) -- The better educated you are and the more money you make, the healthier you're likely to be, a U.S. government report released Wednesday shows.
The report found that more educated people with higher incomes suffer from fewer chronic diseases and live longer than the less educated poor.
"Not having education and being poor is detrimental to your health," said report co-author Amy Bernstein, a project director in the division of analysis and epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.
That's partly because people with fewer advantages often have health habits that include worse diet, less exercise and smoking, she explained.
In addition, they are likely to be uninsured or have limited access to health care -- disparities that haven't changed much in the decade covered by the report, Bernstein said.
"It's frustrating to the public health community that this is not changing. We want to eliminate health disparities," Bernstein said.
For example, 44 percent of people below the poverty level have a disability, compared with 24 percent of those 400 percent above the poverty line, she said.
"These are really large differences. Being below the poverty line is really bad for your health," Bernstein said.
Highlights of the report include:
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