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More Proof That the Richer You Are, the Healthier You'll Be

At every step along the income ladder, higher income means lower prevalence of disease
relates to More Proof That the Richer You Are, the Healthier You'll Be
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No matter how much you earn, people who earn more than you are likelier to be healthier and live longer. That's the takeaway from a new report by researchers at the Urban Institute and Virginia Commonwealth University examining the complex links between health, wealth, and income.

It shouldn't surprise anyone that poverty is often associated with poor health. Less obvious: Health and income improve together all the way up the economic pyramid. The wealthiest have fewer illnesses than the upper-middle class, who are in better shape than the lower-middle class, and so on.