Research shows wealthy live longer than poor

A new study could have finally responded to the question of whether money can buy happiness or not.


A team of researchers from the National Epidemiological Centre of ISCED III, the Bio Sanitary Research Institute of Grenada, the University of Granada, and the Andalusian School of Public Health carried out a thorough study and found that the wealthiest people lived longer than the poorest.

Scientists from several groups in the field of epidemiology and public health (CIBERESP) of the Networking Biomedical Research Centre (CIBER-ISCIII) reported that the results showed people from less advanced socio-economic environments lived three to four years less than wealthier people.

The authors studied the “life tables” and believe that the results may guide many other research studies. For example, those studying terminal illnesses such as cancer may benefit from these data.

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The team that published its work in Scientific Reports found a significant relationship between financial levels and the life expectancy of people living in Spain.

People living in the poorest areas lived less than those living in the rich and affluent areas of the country.

The researchers also observed that women live longer than men in Spain.

“Understanding the association between life expectancy and socioeconomic status may help to develop appropriate public health programs,” said researcher Daniel Redondo.

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