Low socioeconomic conditions are almost as deadly as smoking, having diabetes, or being physically inactive. Smoking is associated with the loss of 4.8 years of life; diabetes, 3.9; and physical inactivity, 2.4. High alcohol intake can take away one year of life.
This is the first study ever to compare life expectancy among people of different socioeconomic status, and cross-correlate it with six other major known risk factors like smoking and diabetes. These other six factors are already included in World Health Organization global mortality reduction strategy. Socioeconomic status is not.
Authors: Dr Silvia Stringhini, PhD, Cristian Carmeli, PhD, Markus Jokela, PhD, Mauricio Avendaño, PhD, Prof Peter Muennig, MD, Florence Guida, PhD et al.
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