Study Says Attending Church Worship Services Can Help You Live Longer
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(Nashville, TN) – According to Vanderbilt University professor Marino Bruce, “We found in our study that actually attending church is actually good for your health, particularly for those who are between the ages of 40 and 65.” Bruce is also an ordained Baptist minister.
Specifically, the study says those middle-aged adults who go to church, synagogues, mosques or other houses of worship reduce their mortality risk by 55%. The Plos One journal published the “Church Attendance, Allostatic Load and Mortality in Middle Aged Adults” study May 16, 2017.
Study by Professor and Minister Marino Bruce – Vanderbilt University
Bruce, a social and behavioral scientist, is a primary author of the study along with Keith Norris, a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The study has nine other co-authors, too.
The researchers used publicly available data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which is collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, for the study. They filtered the data set, finding 5,449 participants of both sexes and all races.
Professor Marion Bruce – Vanderbilt University: People who attend services at a church, synagogue or mosque are less stressed and live longer, according to new research from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). The effects of attendance at worship services remained after education, poverty, health insurance and social support status were all taken into consideration, Bruce said. The study did not address the effects of frequency of worship.
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