Scientists have always tried to decipher the results of Intelligence levels or IQ from various points of view. As of recently, they intercepted a connection between those kids who score great rates and their likelihood for a longer lifespan. It turns out after all that smart kids develop better chances for longevity.
Scottish Researchers Had 75,252 People Under Observation for 79 Years
A Scottish team of researchers succeeded to end a comprehensive study. They followed the path 75,252 men and women throughout their lives. All these people had in common was that they were born in the year of 1936. This means that the research took into consideration 94% of the generation that came into life that period in Scotland. All of them took standardized intelligence tests at the age of 11.
In the year of 2015, scientists were able to confirm the death of 25,979 of the people they had under observation. Out of 49,273 left, 30,464 were still living in Great Britain. The same team analyzed the group in all aspects that regarded their health, behavior, and socioeconomic status. After 79 years, they compared the subjects’ childhood IQ scores with their quality of life. They took into consideration health conditions such as lung cancer, strokes, heart disease, and stomach cancer.
Scientists Linked Smart Kids to Longevity, yet They Don’t Know the Causes
Most of these health indices of a long and prosperous lifestyle were linked to smoking habits. However, even after controlling this habit, the association between smart kids and longer lifestyle was still strong.
Some of the most suggestive findings of this paper point at a higher rate of death by accidents among adults that scored low in their IQ test as kids. On the other hand, the research lacked the necessary materials to surface any correlation between childhood intelligence and longevity.
The lead author of the study, Ian J. Deary, avoided labeling the causes of a longer life among bright children. However, the professor of differential psychology at the University of Edinburgh believes that deprivation, lifestyles, education, and genetics may influence longevity.
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