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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Helen Wu
Helen Wu5 years ago

wow thanks for the info :)

Carl C.
Carline C6 years ago

Thanks for the info!

R L.
Ruth L6 years ago

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

Janine F.
Janine F6 years ago


Janine F.
Janine F6 years ago


Cheryl B.
Cheryl B6 years ago

thanks for the info

Christina W.
Christina Welter6 years ago

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...

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey6 years ago

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

Mary B.
Mary B6 years ago

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.

Stanley R.
Stanley R6 years ago

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