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Low socioeconomic status more dangerous than diabetes smoking

Low social rank is a bigger risk for illness and premature death than either high alcohol 
 
consumption or obesity.
People on the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder may live two years less on average than those at the top
 
This makes social rank a bigger risk factor for illness and premature death than either high alcohol 
 
consumption or obesity, and it nearly equals the risk posed by physical inactivity, researchers said.
 
On average, a low social rank shaved over 25 months off the average lifespan, compared with six 
 
months for heavy alcohol intake and eight months for obesity, according to Lifepath, a European 
 
Commission-funded consortium that conducted the study.
 
 the authors said, at least in high-income countries.
 
People belonging to the lower socioecomonic status live 25 months less compared to the average 
 
lifespan, the report found. 
“Low socioeconomic status is one of the strongest predictors of premature mortality worldwide, but 
 
health policymakers often do not consider it a risk factor to target,” Lifepath said in a statement.
 
“Because these circumstances are modifiable, they should be included in the list of risk factors 
 
targeted by global health strategies,” 

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