Men, your life span could be directly related to the amount of education your wife has.
Researchers have already discovered that married people tend to live longer than single people. Of course, education and economic status also play a role in life spans, most often because the more educated someone is, the more financially stable they are and more able to afford preventative health care. Now, researchers from Swedish Institute for Social Research have found signs that a woman’s education status affects how long her husband may live.
The researchers used census data gathered on more than 1.5 million people who were:
between 30 and 59 years old
living with a partner
if death occurred, date of death
The subjects’ records were reviewed from 1991 to 2003. The results showed:
Men who were high-school drop-outs were 1.1 times more likely to die than college graduates
A man whose wife was a high-school drop-out was 1.25 times more likely to die than man whose wife was a college graduate
When the researchers looked for reasons why this might be the case, they pointed out that women who are more educated may be more likely to run a healthier household and that this would also account for the difference between the man’s education and the woman’s. Since the household is very often the woman’s domain, her choices would make a difference in overall health of the family.