Recent research has found that people with a lower level of education are likely to age faster.
Conducted by a professor from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and his team, the study found that people who left education earlier tended to have shorter 'caps' - known as telomeres - on the end of their DNA.
These are a marker of ageing in cells and, as such, the BHF remarked that education could be added as another social risk factor in the development of heart disease.
Professor Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director at the BHF, commented on the news: "This study found that lower academic attainment is associated with premature ageing of cells in the body.
It reinforces the need to tackle social inequalities to combat ill health."
He added that it is unacceptable that health should be affected by matters such as academic attainment, income level or where you live.