Since time immemorial, humans are undertaking a quest to find the fountain of youth. As it turned out, the secret to long life is just around our own community: the church.
According to a new study published in the journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine, going to church regularly increases a person’s lifespan.
To establish the relationship between longevity of lifespan and the person’s regular attendance to church activities, the researchers examined 75,000 women nurses and asked them whether they have attended religious activities in their church regularly for four years from 1992 to 2012.
It turned out that those who said they regularly go to church during the study period, more than once a week, are 33 percent less likely to die during the 10-year study period. For those who attended church-sanctioned activities at least once a week, they are 26 percent less likely to die, while those who said they go to church less than once a week are 13 percent less likely to die in the same study period.
“Frequent attendance at religious services was associated with significantly lower risk of all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality among women. Religion and spirituality may be an underappreciated resource that physicians could explore with their patients, as appropriate,” an excerpt of the study reads.
It was earlier reported by Morning News USA that less Americans pray these days, according to a study published in the SAGE Journal. The same study, however, showed a conflicting result: more Americans believe in an afterlife.
According to a study conducted by a group of psychology researchers from various American universities, the number of Americans who said they believe in God has hit the lowest point in 2014 when 22 percent of adults surveyed said they don’t believe in God. That’s 69 percent higher than adults who expressed doubts in God when the similar survey was conducted in the 1980s, when only 13 percent said they don’t believe.
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