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Low Intelligence (and Denial) Increases Chronic Disease and Early Disability

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

Research indicates that intelligence predicts mid-life biological aging.1 Low intelligence is associated not just with premature death, but also with a range of health conditions, beginning with obesity and the metabolic syndrome in the first half of the life course, followed by type 2 diabetes and heart disease in later life, and dementia in old age.2

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