Reading for Your Health

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    A team of Norwegian scientist found a connection between poor literacy and poor health.

    A team of Norwegian scientists says people with poor reading skills tend to be less healthy than those who can read easily.   They used data from theadult literacy and life skills survey and found that a relationship exists between literacy and self-reported health--feeling pains, fatigue, or emotional problems.  Here’s why and it makes more sense.  People who aren’t good readers don’t obtain the health information they need.  Most health and well-being advice is communicated through newspapers, magazines, and the web.  Even a doctor’s appointment is typically followed-up with printed instructions. If you can’t read well, you can’t properly follow the instructions.   They recommend people with poor literacy brushing up on their reading skills for their health and also for professionals to look at how health-related information is being made available.