Associations between Education and Blood Pressure
A long-term study conducted with 3890 participants from the Framming Offspring Study set out to determine if blood pressure is inversely linked with education in developed countries. The study consisted of participants were put through 7 separate examinations through the course of 30 years. The average age of the participants was thirty six years. The study was seeking to establish an understanding on whether low education was associated with high blood pressure through many long assessments. Factors that could cause a difference at the baseline were separated for better results.
After considering age, obesity, blood pressure medication, alcohol, and smoking, the ending results concluded that people with less than 12 years of education suffered higher systolic blood pressure verses people who had more than 17 years of education. There was an evident difference in results after adjustments between male and female participants were made. Women who had less than 12 years of education had a 2.69 mmHg higher systolic blood pressure compared to women who were educated for 17 years or more. The link between education and high blood pressure was less dramatic in men. Men, who were educated for 12 years or less, had 1.20 mmHg higher systolic blood pressures than men who went to school for 17 years or more.
Elevated systolic blood pressure causes a number of ailments, especially heart disease. The conclusion of the study further explains the risk factors of cardiac arrest and aspects of lowering blood pressure. Thus, there is a natural association between education and systolic blood pressure.