Low-literate people are more often people with a low socio-economic status (SES). Cardiovascular disease, asthma and COPD, osteoarthritis and other forms of rheumatism, diabetes, migraine and back disorders are more common in this group than in people with a high SES. These differences are called socio-economic health differences. People with a low SES live on average shorter than people with a high SES. People with a low education live on average about six years shorter than people with a high education. In addition, low-skilled people (on average) live twice as long in poor health than the higher educated.
Lifestyle also differs between people with a low and high SES. People with a low SES have on average an unhealthier lifestyle. Among them are more people who smoke, use alcohol and are overweight or obese.
You can see similar differences in oral care.
Low-literate people go to the GP more often, use more medicines, go to emergency care more often and are admitted to hospital more often. But they go to the psychologist or psychiatrist less often. And they participate less often in prevention programs, such as population screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer.