A research study conducted by a team of researchers led by Professor S. Jay Olshansky at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, found that white Americans lacking a high school diploma have sharp drops in life expectancy. In contrast, white Americans with the most educated have made the biggest jumps in term of life expectancy in recent years. The study with a title “Differences In Life Expectancy Due To Race And Educational Differences Are Widening, And Many May Not Catch Up” was published at Health Affairs.
Researchers did not mention exacts reasons for the linkage between life expectation and the level of education. However, some potential reasons for sharp drops in life expectancy for the uneducated whites include heavy used of prescription drugs during young ages, increasing number of whites population especially women who have habit of cigarette smoking, over-weight, and declining of obtaining health insurance.