Regular churchgoing is not just good for the soul, scientists say, it’s good for the body too. The scientists believe that churchgoers had lower blood pressure, experienced less depression and anxiety, and had stronger immune systems than non-churchgoers and had less less trouble keeping their weight down.
- Vanderbilt University professor and Baptist minister Marino Bruce spearheaded the study, alongside Keith Norris, a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Bruce said, “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.”He continued, “For those who did not attend church at all, they were twice as likely to die prematurely than those who did who attended church at some point over the last year.”
- According to the research, middle-aged adults who attend a church, synagogue, mosque, or other house of worship reduce their mortality rate by 55 perfect. This data was gathered from 5,449 participants of both sexes and all races.
- The researchers found that women who went to church more than once a week had a 33% lower risk of dying during the study period compared with those who said they never went. Less-frequent attendance was also associated with a lower risk of death, as women who attended once a week or less than weekly had 26% and 13% lower risk of death, respectively.
- According to a recent study by Marino Bruce, a Vanderbilt University professor and the associate director of the school’s Center for Research on Men’s Health, people who attend worship services may reduce their mortality risk by 55 percent — especially those between the ages of 40 and 65.
- Research by Rita W. Law and David A. Sbarra demonstrated that “church attendance was found to have a protective effect against the emergence of mood problems among older adults.” Graham et al. discovered that “consistent pattern of lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures among frequent church attenders was found compared to that of infrequent attenders which was not due to the effects of age, obesity, cigarette smoking, or socioeconomic status.”
- In a Pew Research study from 1996, approximately 34% of high school dropouts went to church on a typical Sunday, while 44% of those with a college degree or higher did. 48% of married individuals attended church on a typical Sunday, compared with 29% of divorced and 31% of never-married individuals.