As a spine surgeon specialist at Orthopedic Associates of Abilene, Texas, Dr. Paul W. McDonough performs operations on various neck and back deformity and injuries. At home, Paul McDonough, MD, spends his time reading biographies, medical journals, and books about British history.
Researchers at Yale University conducted a recent study which showed that book readers are likely to live longer than the average person. The results of the study were published in the Social Science & Medicine journal.
The research was done by looking into 12 years’ worth of information from 3,635 citizens, who are at least 50 years old. There were three groups, each with a specific reading duration. One group did not read books, another read books on an average of 3.5 hours a week, while the last group read books for a longer period. The ones who read up to 3.5 hours per week have a 17 percent chance of living longer than those who did not read books. The ones who read for more than three hours a week are 23 percent more likely to live longer.
Even before the study, book readers have already been regarded to live longer than non-readers by two years. Other benefits of reading books include getting better sleep, enjoying a more relaxed life, and warding off Alzheimer’s disease.