Sunday mornings could now be playing a large role in lengthening your life. Recent studies have shown that women who attend church services could reduce their risk of death by as much as 33%.
According to the study, church-going ladies who are one time a week attendees had a 26% lower risk of death than their non-attending counterparts. The once a week visit is in the middle of the spectrum, with frequent goers capping off at a 33% lower death risk, and those who don’t attend quite as regularly reducing their risk by 13%.
The authors of the study have considered a few variables that could influence such a statistic, including less likelihood of depression, increased optimism, more self-discipline, a feeling of purpose, and a stronger support system.
Like with any study, there are a few blunders that could sway the results. Those surveyed to gather this particular data were mostly Protestant and Catholic women, making it difficult to determine if other denominations would yield similar results. Men also were excluded from the study, but fear not, gentlemen. The hypothesis is church attendance could, likewise, be healthy for you.
Regardless of this study, the researchers urge everyone to never allow religious services to replace medical care. “This study does not suggest that clinicians prescribe attending religious services as a way to be more healthy,” lead author Tyler J. VanderWeele emphasized.
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