however, does not reveal the link between faith and health, suggesting
the need for further research, said study leader Daniel Hall.
attendance is not a mode of medical therapy," Hall cautioned in an
interview with LiveScience. He added that his study was not intended
for use in clinical decision-making. Hall is an Episcopal priest and a
resident in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical
Hall also told
LiveScience that he speculated the community and social aspect of
religion could play a role in the results. Perhaps, he said, being
involved in a religion can increase one’s ability to cope with stress
and make meaning out of life.
The findings are detailed in the March-April issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
recent review of existing research on factors related to longevity
reveals that people who attend religious services weekly actually live
longer. The study also reviewed work done on the impact of regular
exercise and proven therapeutic regimens on life expectancy.