Attending church boosts health, study says

Research says worshipers more likely to live longer

By Haley Coomes - Producer

ORLANDO, Fla. - Worship on Sundays gets an amen for health, according to researchers at Vanderbilt University

The study, "Church Attendance, Allostatic Load and Mortality in Middle-Aged Adults," surveyed 5,449 men and women of several races. The study analyzed participants' attendance at worship services and their health, including cardiovascular and metabolic and stress levels. 

The study found that middle-aged adults (ages 40- 65) who attend worship services, reduce their risk of mortality by 55 percent.

The study also found that those who do not attend were twice as likely to die prematurely. 

The study's leading professor said the findings hold true across all faith traditions. 

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