Regular attendance at religious services could reduce the risk of death by approximately 20%, according to researchers who evaluated the religious practices of 92 395 post-menopausal women. The study, based on data drawn from participants who spanned numerous religious denominations, adjusted for participation of individuals within communal organizations and group activities that promote a strong social life and enjoyable routines-behaviours known to lead to overall wellness. However, even after controlling for such behaviour and other health-related factors, the improvements in morbidity and mortality rates exceeded expectations.
Published in PsychDigest, Jan 2009 (vol. 2, no. 9)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2008, November 19). Study suggests attending religious services sharply cuts risk of death. Einstein News. Retrieved January 5, 2009, from http://www.aecom.yu.edu/home/news.-asp?id=261