Churchgoers live longer, study reveals

Jun 14, 2017 by

By Eno Adeogun, Premier:

People who attend church live longer and are less stressed, according to a new study.

Research conducted in Vanderbilt University in Nashville found that people aged 40 to 65 years old, who attend church or other houses of worship reduced their risk for mortality by 55 per cent.

Marino Bruce, a social and behavioural scientist who is also a Baptist minister, led the study and said it’s results are “encouraging individuals to participate in something.”.

He said “For those who did not attend church at all they were twice as likely to die prematurely than those who did attend church at some point in the last year.”

The professor added: “Sometimes in health science we tend to look at those things that are always negative and say ‘Don’t do this. Don’t do that’.

“Our findings support the overall hypothesis that increased religiosity – as determined by attendance at worship services – is associated with less stress and enhanced longevity.”

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