David F MayerReligion and Life ExpectancyFri Jun 1, 2012 8:36am22.214.171.124Don't scoff. Religion extends the life of participants.
Could 95,000 Women Be Wrong?
A study using data from the Women's Health Initiative found that women aged 50 and up were 20% less likely to die in any given year if they attended religious services weekly (15% reduction if they attended less than weekly) compared to those that never attend religious services. This analysis was controlled for age, ethnicity, income level and (most importantly) current health status.
Add 2 to 3 Years with Religion
Another study also found benefit to attending religion services, this time expressed in added years of life. Researchers have found that weekly attendance at religious services is associated with 2 to 3 additional years of life. These findings were controlled for other factors such as amount of physical exercise and taking cholesterol medications.
Churchgoing improves life expectancy
Regular attendance at religious services has been shown to decrease death rates among old people.
While churchgoers would say they are expecting eternal life, science has demonstrated that they seem to be extending their stay in the mortal plane.
A large US study found that religious folk had lower blood pressure, less depression and anxiety, stronger immune systems and generally cost the health-care system less than people who were less involved in religion.
The research looked at 4,000 old people from North Carolina, and found that of the 1,177 who died during a six-year period, 22.9% were frequent church attenders, compared with 37.4 who were infrequent attenders.
Similar results were produced by the University of California at Berkeley in a study of some 5,000 people aged 21 to 65.
Those who attended religious services at least once a week had a 23% lower risk of dying over the 28 years on which the research was based.
Perhaps Religion can be viewed as a life extension therapy. Consider it like a medication. Pick a religious institution and attend once a week, just for the therapeutic effect.
David F Mayer
- I'm halfway to 102 today! SES, Fri Jun 1 8:15am
- Happy Birthday to you SES. ConnieSue, Sun Jun 3 2:56pmI was 26 years a atheist...now I am 36 years a Christian...:)
- My prayers were ansawered!!! SES, Mon Jun 4 7:35amThe Mets got the first no-hitter in their 50 year history, and ON my birthday, AND I got to watch it on TV, WITH my son and my daughter and my girlfriend. All praise be unto Thor. lol
- Thor? more likely Wotan unless the game was rained out. Διός, Mon Jun 4 10:01amYou have to study your Gods better to be counted in that ball game. :o)) Διός
- Wotan? Wasn't that a huge Japanese moth? lol (nm) SES, Mon Jun 4 12:30pm
- Put on the breaks you're on the downhill. Διός, Fri Jun 1 7:12pmThe slope is of ever increasing steepness. From now on your days are getting shorter and they're numbered. grin Διός
- Nice to see greenman, Fri Jun 1 5:21pm...that you've been able to boost your IQ. Drugs, herbal supplements, mental exercises, or some combination of the above? ;)
- Still far away from being... Clawson, Fri Jun 1 9:37am..."wet behind the ears" yet...
- At first I thought you were talking about the weather... Ken C, Fri Jun 1 8:57amHappy Birthday. Anyone who dies and goes to heaven is welcome to post here and tell the rest of us about heaven.
- Religion and Life Expectancy David F Mayer, Fri Jun 1 8:36am
- Of course it extends life greenman, Fri Jun 1 5:22pmThe more devout you are, the more you switch off your brain. And the less you have to worry about, the happier you are and the less stressed. Stands to reason! :)
- Being cheerful also seems to extend life ChristoherBlackwell, Fri Jun 1 1:45pmDavid F Mayer, Studies have shown that one common feature of most extended living people is being cheerful. Perhaps just having fun in your life keeps people going.
- Baloney! If I attended church nobody in it would survive. Clawson, Fri Jun 1 9:41amThere would be some unexplained major disaster that would kill everybody except the few who snuck out for beer and fornication with somebody other than their spouse.
- Devout worshippers are far less likely to ... smoke Ken C, Fri Jun 1 9:21amDevout worshippers are far less likely to fall back on harmful habits such as drinking or smoking. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/401091.stm
- Sorry, Ken, but Robert, Sat Jun 2 10:12amhave you ever spent much time in the South, as in, Bible Belt !?
- No, I'ver never been there. Ken C, Sat Jun 2 11:30amI live in California, and spend a lot of time with bicycle riders and other athletes.
- just as a mouse in a cookie jar shadow, Fri Jun 1 1:25pmdoesn't make a mouse become a cookie, mere attendance at a church service (or 'sitting and soaking' as I once heard it called) doesn't make one a believer. The word 'devout' is significant in these... more
- This should be a Holiday!!! SES, Fri Jun 1 8:17am
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