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Employment type in your 20s determines risk of heart disease later in life


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Your first job could be an indicator of your heart health later in life.

Researchers performed a health and socioeconomic study of more than 12,000 British study participants over the span of several decades.

Subjects (age, 16-24) who entered professional occupations or managerial jobs measured favorably at age 46 in a series of cardiovascular health metrics.

Eleanor Winpenny, co-study author, says the disparity could be due to the healthy or unhealthy habits formed during early adulthood.

“The continued education group of early adulthood have a lower risk of heart attacks and less likelihood of dying from cardiovascular illness in later life,” - Winpenny.

Early adulthood seemed to impact cardiovascular health significantly more than any participant’s current job or income level.

Results suggest a need for employers to provide early support for young adults.

Study by University of Cambridge, Bristol, and UCL published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

It's no real surprise that education (and with it, wealth) had a positive impact on health

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