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Women who attend religious services live longer

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New York, May 17: Women who attend religious services more than once per week are more likely to live longer and may lower the risk of death from heart disease and cancer, a study has found. Middle-aged and older professiol women who attended religious services more than once a week had a 27 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 21 percent lower risk of death, the findings claimed.

Tyler J VanderWeele and his colleagues from Harvard TH Chan School of Public in Boston examined attendance at religious services and subsequent death in women.

The study, published online by JAMA Interl Medicine, alysed attendance at religious services in questionires from 1992 to 2012 and data alysis was conducted from the 1996 questionire to 2012 for a 16-year follow-up.

Among 74,534 women at the 1996 study baseline with reported religious service attendance, 14,158 attended more than once a week, 30,401 attended once per week, 12,103 attended less than once per week and 17,872 never attended.

Women who frequently attended religious services tended to have fewer depressive symptoms and more likely to be married.

The findings showed that women who attended religious services more than once per week had a 33 percent lower risk of death compared with women who never attended religious services. Women who attended services weekly had a 26 percent lower risk and those who attended services less than weekly had a 13 percent lower risk, according to the results.

In this well-designed secondary data alysis, attendance at religious services is clearly associated with lower risk of mortality. The study only included middle-aged and older professiol women. (IANS)

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