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College has been found to benefit your personal finances and career, but new research has suggests that a higher education can also improve your health. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that African-Americans, who receive higher education, subsequently have lower blood pressure levels.  The Huffington Post reports:

You’ve heard the benefits of a college degree before, but new research suggests that there’s a healthful one, too.

According to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, education trumps genetics as a predictor of high blood pressure in African Americans. The study, published in the August 2012 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, examined data from nearly 3,700 white and African-American adults participating in the Family Blood Pressure Program Study and found that among African-American participants, each year of education was associated with a 0.51 mmHg drop in blood pressure.

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