Scientists from the past and even until the present have always been interested in the connection between health and religion. During the past couple of decades, the study regarding these ideas has increased significantly as the peer-reviewed researches continue to grow in numbers. They have continuously explored connections between several dimensions of mental or physical health and religion.
Is the connection real?
Several of these studies reveal that being religious led to progressive health effects. Theorized passageways for this link involve religious practices, like going to church, that led to lowered stress. A particular study published in the Public Library of Science aimed to analyze the association between all-cause mortality, religiosity (church attendance) and allostatic load (a physiologic degree of stress).
The researchers used information from the NHANES III dated 1988 to 1994. They limited the analytic sample (n = 5449) to adults aged between 45 to 65, had every data on church attendance and values for about nine out of 10 biological or clinical markers utilized to obtain allostatic load.
Should you hold on to your faith?
This particular study discovered a connection between mortality and church attendance on middle-aged adults after complete modifications. Meanwhile, the allostatic load or measure of stress only partly clarified the variations in mortality between non-church and church attendees. Their results imply a probable independent impact of attending church on mortality.