While the IQ is certainly a decisive parameter for a happy and fulfilled life, it can also extend our life expectancy, even with our own support, as we learn from Scottish research. Just read on…
Gaily Rott from Santa Monica, CA, asks:
Wonderful! My grandson has a pretty high IQ. This should be an excellent prerequisite for an outstanding career in the future – professionally and economically. Isn’t that right, Doc?
THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND – SCIENTIFICALLY VALIDATED
You are absolutely right, a high IQ is the right voucher a prosperous life – if used wisely.
Fortunately yet, there is even more benefit involved with a high IQ. According to latest research by the Scottish University of Edinburgh, UK. Based on a uniquely comprehensive study comparing IQ tests taken in 1936 with school kids 11 years old then, and verified 68 years later. Involving more than 30,000 males and equally more than 30,000 females.
These results indicati that a high IQ in childhood lowers the risk of dying before age 80 considerably.
This outcome is especially challenging, as it reflects not only a diminished risk of dying from ‘modern’ biologic diseases like heart failure and cancer (the 2 leading causes of chronic illness with high mortality rate today) or stroke and dementia, etc., but also from external causes like injury or socio-economic status, etc.
Applying to both genders with similar results. (The only gender-related difference was that men with high IQ in childhood tended less to suicide than women…)
Still, these results of this mega-study (so far the largest of this kind in history) are not completely independent from actual lifestyle insofar, as unfavorable lifestyle factors – especially smoking – do have an impact.
Although genetics do play a role for intelligence - such as surrounding social class can have an impact on IQ - we can influence the IQ of our kids by appropriate lifestyle, especially with reference to healthy diet physical activity.
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