According to a report published in Nature, humans have reached their longevity limit.
The scientists say that despite life expectancy has been increasing during the last 100 years, it’s unlikely it will continue to rise any more than what it is right now. It is also extremely unlikely that any human is able to live for more than 125 years. Geneticist Jan Vijg from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, and his team executed this research. The researchers have analyzed aging trends in the USA, UK, France and Japan.
Jan Vijg says: “While there is no reason to think that the ongoing increase in maximum lifespan will end soon, the data strongly suggests that it’s already been attained and that this happened in the 1990s.”
A new study suggests that reading books can extend lifespan by up to 2 years. Moreover, the study says that the more often you read the better. The findings of the study have been published in the journal Social Science & Medicine.
Scientists have come to this conclusion after analyzing the data of 3,635 men and women who participated in Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative sample of American adults aged 50 and older. They were followed-up for an average of 12 years and their survival rate was monitored during this time.
Compared to adults who did not read books, those ones who were reading books for up to three and a half hours each week were 17% less likely to die over the 12-years period follow-up, and those who read for more than three and a half hours weekly were 23% less likely to die.
Overall, adults reading books survived almost 2 years longer over the period of 12-year follow-up than non-readers.