Smart kids live longer

Herald Sun - - NEWS -

A HIGHER IQ in child­hood is linked to a longer life, re­search sug­gests.

A study found higher in­tel­li­gence low­ered the risk of dy­ing by 79 from heart dis­ease, stroke, can­cers linked to smok­ing and res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases.

The Uni­ver­sity of Ed­in­burgh study, published in the Bri­tish Med­i­cal Jour­nal, found there was also a lower risk of dy­ing from in­juries, di­ges­tive dis­eases and de­men­tia.

The study ex­am­ined data for 33,536 men and 32,229 women born in Scot­land in 1936. Their in­tel­li­gence was tested at 11 and they were fol­lowed for 68 years.

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