Being rich "can add nine healthy years to your life"

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Over 25,000 people over age 50 were analyzed and data revealed that rich people live healthier, disability-free lives, such as being able to cook and get out of bed on their own.

Dr Zaninotto added: "We know that improving both the quality and the quantity of years that individuals are expected to live has implications for public expenditure on health, income, long-term care of older people and work participation and our results suggest that policy makers in both England and the U.S. must make greater efforts into reducing health inequalities".

The team found that wealth was the most important socioeconomic factor in predicting the onset of these problems, with wealthier people enjoying nearly an additional decade before experiencing difficulties.

A new study found that those who are richest live much more years without disabilities than those who are poorest. This means that if you are 50 years old and in the richest group, you can expect to live for another 31 years in good health, whereas people in the poorest groups could only expect to live for another 22-23 years without health problems. University College London. "By measuring life expectancy in good health, we can get an estimate of the number of years of life spent in favorable health conditions or without disabilities".

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And in the United Kingdom, a 2018 study found that the poor die about ten years earlier than those who are better off.

Women from the wealthiest groups were expected to live an average of 33 "healthy" years after the age of 50, compared to 24.6 and 24 years from, respectively, the poorest wealth groups in England and the US. There was no significant difference between the two countries compared to the main findings of the study.

"We found that socio-economic inequalities in life expectancy without disability was similar for all ages in England and the United States, but the biggest advantage in both countries and in all groups was the wealth", said Dr. Paola Zaninotto.

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