Attending religious services leads women to live longer

Attending religious services leads women to live longer


Women who are prone to attending religious services more than once a week may live longer and also face lower risks of cardiac diseases and cancer, new study claims.

Professional and middle-aged women who went to church at least a couple of times per week have 27% fewer chances of dying from heart diseases.

Tyler J Vander Weele and his colleagues from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston observed the attendance in religious ceremonies and conducted a study to relate the attendance with the death rate of women.

The researchers gathered information from questionnaires dated from 1996 to 2012 and analyzed the data for 16 years. The study reveals that 74,534 women were taken into account in 1996. Among them 14,158 women went to the church more than once a week, 30,401 women went once a week, 12,103 went less than a week and 17,872 never went to religious services.

Women who often visited religious services exhibited fewer signs of depression and most of them were married. The study also showed that women who went to religious services more than once a week had 33% fewer chances of dying than those who never attended. The women who went to services on a weekly basis had 26% fewer chances of dying and those who attended less than a week had 13% fewer chances of dying.

Dan German Blazer from Duke University Medical Centre in Durham says that the study only included middle-aged women and they are not sure whether the results would be same for men and younger people. The findings of the study were published by JAMA internal medicine.