Mathematics may be good for stimulating brain areas and exercising the mind, but there are people who hate it to the core. However, some use their mathematical skills to show off their intelligence. No one knew being good at this skill will be helpful for health before some studies came into light. Having good mathematical skills is helpful in controlling the disease, calculating side effects of medication, and negotiating terms of insurance policy. Along with getting better health, it helps in taking decisions every day, analyzing problems, and determining solutions based on available data. It is also related to socioeconomic status.
Various research studies showed that mathematics is a must-have skill for the better present and future. Rosamund Snow underwent diagnosis for type 1 diabetes during teenage years. In an article published in the British Medical Journal, she outlined that even when she wanted to have a bite of fruit, she needed to think about the exact time when she took her last injection and the time at which she will take the next one. She also carried emergency supplies and did blood tests. She mentioned that she could not even drink without doing a math. Diabetic patients need this skill because they need to calculate carbohydrate intake, estimate size of portions, and take decisions based on data from food labels. Moreover, they need to determine blood sugar readings and adjust their medications.
Research studies also showed that poor mathematical skill may lead to negative influence on health conditions. People are not inclined to take good care of their health and do not take complex medications in right amount. Ellen Peters, professor of psychology and medicine at Ohio State University (USA), said, “People who are less numerate (compared to those who are more numerate) have been found to be less healthy, including suffering from a greater number of diseases such as COPD, liver disease, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes.”
In day to day life, we frequently think in mathematical terms such as time needed to get to certain place, buy products on sale, get discounts, and others. Jack Smith, a professor at the State University of Michigan (USA) and an expert mathematics teacher outlined that people who understand mathematics, which does not mean they were good at it in the school, are always thinking in mathematical terms.
Ellen Peters studied how mathematical ability impacts decision-making and published her finding in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science. Peters found that people who live day-to-day life more into mathematical terms are less prone to become victims of scams. They are inclined to inspect various options with data and information, without getting impacted by opinions or emotions of others.
Another research conducted by researchers from the University of Edinburgh, U.K. indicated that the mathematical skills help even after graduating from school. Researchers found that students with higher math and reading skills tend to gain higher incomes and better jobs in adulthood. Having math and reading skills a step above at the age of seven was linked to gaining about 5,600 euros more in income at the age of forty-two. Researchers showed that having such skills in early age leads to better socioeconomic status. Being good with numbers improves lives.