Read To Live Longer

Bury your nose in a book for a longer life, say US researchers

10/10/2016 5:09:37 PM
written By : Staff Reporter Print

A chapter a day might keep the Grim Reaper away – at least a little longer, reported the Washington Post. It wasn’t trying to drive up sales of Amazon.com, which also happens to be owned by its owner, Jeff Bezos. The Post was simply stating a fact. People who read books are likely to live longer than those who don’t. This was found in a study by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health.

Book readers lived on an average almost two years longer than those who spent no time on books, according to the study published online in the journal, Social Science & Medicine. The researchers studied data on 3,635 Americans over the age of 50, collected over 12 years, from 1990 to 2012. They were divided into three groups: those who read no books, those who read up for to three and a half hours a week, and those who read for more than three and a half hours. Those who read for up to three and a half hours were found to be 17 per cent less likely to die than the non-readers over the 12-year period. Those who read for more than three and a half hours were safer still, being 23 per cent less likely to die. 

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