By Matt O'Brien
Almost six months ago, at a community meeting in South Philadelphia, I heard the following story, one that tragically illustrates a powerful connection between education and health:
A 17-year-old girl, born in Mexico and brought to Philadelphia as a young child, took her life — in large part because she saw no opportunity to pursue a college education after graduating from South Philadelphia High School, a milestone that she would have reached this coming June.
Connecting the dots from above, we see that a college education (first study) had exactly the same effect on reducing mortality among diabetics that taking metformin (second study) did. Stated differently, a full dose of college education was equivalent to medication at preventing death among adults with diabetes.