Do brainiacs have healthier hearts?

As if parents didn’t have enough to worry about, new findings just published in the American Journal of Public Health link childhood intelligence to long-term heart health.

How? Brighter kids who do better in school go on to hold higher paying jobs (which can affect their access to healthcare). They’re also better able to understand health information, adhering to regimens and avoiding environmental health hazards.

So while childhood intelligence has only modest effects on actual heart disease risk factors, it leads to “health literacy” which can make a difference in heart disease rates.

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