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Women With College Degrees Help Their Partners Live Longer

Well-educated women have more to offer than interesting conversations. According to an extensive Swedish study, a woman's education and social status has more impact on her partner's lifespan than his own education.

The study, involving 1.5 million working Swedes, found that a man whose partner only had a high school education had a 25 percent greater risk of dying early than a man whose partner holds a university degree. Of course, a woman's education also impacts her own lifespan — a woman with no college education is 53 percent more likely to die early than a woman with a higher degree.

Those behind the study reason that the more educated a woman is, the more likely she is to understand her family's health needs. This conclusion suggests that a woman has a big impact on her partner and family's lifestyle. Perhaps this means that many highly educated women still have the primary responsibility for cooking, shopping, and other household needs. Does that surprise you?


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Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I have to say that I think women probably still do the majority of cooking, shopping, and other health needs. It makes sense that if the person doing the food shopping and cooking is highly educated, she probably has a better understanding of how to be healthy and in turn the rest of the family benefits.
Muirnea Muirnea 7 years
"Perhaps this means that many highly educated women still have the primary responsibility for cooking, shopping, and other household needs." Yes, I do think that's prob. a big part of why smart women make men live longer. And no I'm not surprised, but I think that's really bad.
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