Higher Learning: Can A College Degree Decrease Your Risk Of Diabetes?

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Exercise is more likely to help prevent diabetes in college graduates than in those with less schooling, a new study finds.

Researchers examined data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007-2012, and found adults with a college degree who were physically active were 6 percent less likely to have pre-diabetic symptoms or elevated blood sugar levels than those who weren’t active.

For adults who only had some college, a high school diploma or who never finished high school, being physically active reduced the risk of pre-diabetic symptoms by just 1 percent.

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