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How Does Your Salary Affect Your Health?

How Does Your Salary Affect Your Health?

 

Money isn’t everything, but it certainly can have an impact on your health.

That’s what researchers from the University of California-Davis are saying in a new study that looked at the rates of hypertension, or high blood pressure, among different demographics of people. Though the condition is often associated with older people and men, the research suggests that hourly wages can have a significant impact on younger adults ages 25 to 44 and women, groups often considered less at risk for developing hypertension.

The study found that, the lower the hourly salary among women and younger adults, the higher the likelihood they have of developing hypertension. Just how drastic is this likelihood? Well, researchers write that, for people overall, a salary double what they currently make would decrease their risk of developing high blood pressure by 16%. Among women and younger adults the decreased risk is even more drastic — 30%-35% and 25%-30% respectively.

So what do the researchers recommend? Well, senior author J. Paul Leigh suggests that, “policymakers can raise the minimum wage, which tends to increase wages overall and could have significant public-health benefits.” Those may be lofty goals, but he also has a another more reasonable suggestion: screen women and younger adults for high-blood pressure.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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5:44AM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

wow thanks for the info :)

6:07PM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Thanks for the info!

7:02PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

i hope to see the minimum wage increase in many states ~ it is unfair not to make inflation/cost-of-living adjustments

7:51AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

thanks

7:42AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

thanks

4:04AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

thanks for the info

10:53PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Raise minimum wage... what a concept! Really, none of this is surprising. If you're struggling to make ends meet, of course you'll be under a lot of stress. Now if we could just find a way to fix the system so no one had to live like that...

6:57PM PST on Jan 14, 2013

The only worthwhile statement my ex-husband made was "money can't make you happy, but lack of it can sure make you miserable".

6:41PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Obviously, the upper class doesn't make more money because they're smarter than us if they need 'studies' like this to conclude that the struggle involved in surviveing on low income produces stress and all it's related health issues. Lets see if we can help them.
1. You can cut heath care costs by increased wages to the working poor and tripleing the lowest SS payment of retirees who have only their pensions to live on, forgiving student loan debt and medical debts.
2.Make sure there are enough government people helping home owners clear up their morgages by making the banks work with them.
3.Clamp down on poluters. And no doubt lots of other things that would go along way to relieveing stress and fear.
4. Stop funding stupid studies and put it directly into the safety net.

11:51AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

money makes the world go round........and round.....and round.

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