Black Spirituality Religion : Religious People Live Longer Then Nonbelievers

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  1. noor100

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    WebMD Health News
    Reviewed by Martin F. Downs

    Aug. 9, 2000 -- Religion appears to soothe the body as well as the soul, as people who are highly religious tend to live longer than others, a review of more than 40 scientific studies has found.

    In fact, overall, the people who were most involved in their religions were 29% more likely to be alive when the various studies were completed than were their nonreligious counterparts.

    Exactly how religious involvement boosts health is unclear, the researchers say. But given the findings, they write, future research should focus on the precise way that religion extends life. The report was published in the journal Health Psychology.

    "Some people believe that religious involvement instills healthy beliefs and behaviors," Michael E. McCullough, PhD, who did the research while at the National Institute for Healthcare Research in Rockville, Md., tells WebMD. For example, religious people tend to smoke and drink less, and may be slightly less obese than nonreligious people.

    "They also receive a lot of positive social support that helps them to cope with stress," says McCullough, who is now an associate professor of psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

    Finally, "religion helps people to develop a coherent set of beliefs about the world that help them to make sense of their stress and suffering," he says. "All of these factors are probably at least partially responsible for the links between religious involvement and health."

    And that's good news for the more than 90% of American adults who are affiliated with some type of formal religion, and the nearly 96% who believe in God or a universal spirit.

    The review examined 42 studies of the link between religious involvement and mortality, involving a total of 126,000 people. Researchers collected information on how often participants attended church or temple, whether they were a member of a religious organization, and how much time they spent engaged in religious activities. They also assessed "private religious involvement," which included how religious the participants said they were, the frequency with which they prayed in private, and their use of religion as a coping mechanism.

    "There are a number of possible ways that religion can be self-enhancing," says Redford Williams, MD, director of the behavioral medicine research center at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and author of the book Lifeskills.

    "At least part of what is going on is social support," he tells WebMD. "The health-enhancing effects of social support are well-documented and someone who is participating with others on an ongoing basis will gain that benefit," he says, noting that people who regularly participate in religious activities often interact with others.

    Another positive effect of religion on health may come from following the core teachings of major religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and some of the Eastern religious philosophies, he suggests.

    For example, the teachings of many religions -- such as treating others the way you would like to be treated, and loving your neighbor -- make a person less likely to have stressful relations with others, Williams says.

    Anthony Dekker, DO, associate director of the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, part of the Indian Health Service in Phoenix, Ariz., says he credits spirituality with helping people "live longer, live better, and die better."

    Dekker sees only Indian patients, and says as many as 90% of them are deeply spiritual.

    "Spirituality is a critical aspect of quality of life and quality of dying," he says.
     
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    There's so many things that this study couldn't probably control for, but at least the sample size is somewhat decent. The real rub happens though when you look at the least religious nations among the developed world and see that most of them out perform the U.S in terms of quality of life -- especially health. I bet a good meta-analysis of all of these studies could yield much better indicators of good health in America than religion.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Europe#Religiosity
     
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    Religious people live longer than non religious people.

    Prolly cause religious people are more likely to kill anyone who doesn't share religion. since non religious people don't share anyone's belief we have more predators.
     
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    Hmmm....

     
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    How would they compare in relation to spiritual people?


    If religious people had the REAL deal on the Creator and Universal Law, how would they compare to "religious" people who don't?
     
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    LOL
     
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    peace

    This really makes no sense because there are so called "non-believers" amongst the "believers". How do you really confirm whose who?

    In each Religion there are so many different sects with varying beliefs, this would make all "believers", "non-believers" to a degree, to members of others sects.

    This study seems merely to be going off of the fact that religious people seem to be more social and they have more avenues of help available to them. But then again, being Religious and a "believer" should mean that you don't need to use those avenues of help because you have GOD as your sustainer and redeemer, RIGHT???

    Not once do they attribute any of this researched longevity to God or their creator...
     
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    "In fact, overall, the people who were most involved in their religions were 29% more likely to be alive when the various studies were completed than were their nonreligious counterparts. "

    Sounds kinda eerie. Reminds me of the question:

    What's the difference between an English actuary and an Italian actuary?
    An English actuary can tell you how many people are going to die next year. An Italian actuary can give you their names.

    So who made up the control groups for these studies?
     
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    Religion helps people make sense of their stress and sufferings but only up to the point that reality proves them wrong. At that point either deep delusion or cognitive dissonance sets in. The ability to achieve deep delusion is applauded in religious circles as strong faith.

    So having strong delusions helps us live longer? Maybe the cats who ran these studies are deluded. After all if they weren't religious they'd be dead wouldn't they.
     
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    peace

    - well, that just about sums it all up.....on to the next religious article..lol

    - LOL - you are on a roll...
     
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