Being Religious Elongates Life Span than Atheists

Does Being Religious Make You Live Longer?

Does Being Religious Make You Live Longer?

Laura Wallace, lead author of the study and a doctoral student in psychology at Ohio State University, said in a statement: "religious affiliation had almost as strong an effect on longevity as gender does, which is a matter of years of life".

The study, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science today, found that people whose obituary mentioned that they were religious lived, on average, an extra 5.64 years.

When researchers looked at 505 obituaries published in the Des Moines Register between January and February 2012, the lifespan gap between religious people and atheists increased to 9.45 years.

Ohio State University researchers analyzed about 1,100 obituaries from across the United States. But the research team noted that numerous religiously affiliated people also volunteered and belonged to social organizations, which previously have been linked to living longer. After gender and marital status were factored in, the number reduced to 6.48 years. After taking into account sex and marital status, results from the study showed that people with a religious affiliation lived 3.8 years longer, on average, than those without a religious affiliation. "In those areas, non-religious people tend to live as long as do religious people".

Is religion the secret to a long life?

With some religions placing restrictions on harmful behaviours like alcohol, drugs, and other illegal activities, practicing religion also gives peace of mind and reduces stress.

Scientists Baldwin way (Way, Baldwin) Laura Wallace (Laura Wallace) link this accommodation to the region, where the percentage of religious people is very high.

While the study had the advantage of not using self-reported data when determining religious affiliation, it also had limitations such as lacking the inclusion of factors like race and health behaviors.

The findings add to a growing body of evidence that shows religion does have a positive effect on health.

Those visiting church at least once a week were found to have 33% lower risk of death than those who never went.

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