Religious people have longer lifespans than atheists

  • Religious people have longer lifespans than atheists

Religious people have longer lifespans than atheists

'The study provides persuasive evidence that there is a relationship between religious participation and how long a person lives, ' said Baldwin Way, co-author of the study.

Researchers have found a surprising correlation between longevity and religious faith.

The study done by the researchers at the Ohio State University found that people with a religious affiliation lived almost 4 years longer, on average, than those without a religious affiliation.

In the largest of two studies, researchers looked at more than a thousand obituaries in 42 major cities around the country and found that people with a religious affiliation lived nearly four years longer than those without.

The researchers analyzed the obituaries of more than 1,000 people around the country, and adjusted for other factors that can affect lifespan, including the gender and marital status of the deceased.

That four-year increase was calculated after the researchers accounted for gender and marital status, two factors that have a strong effect on life span.

The study, published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal, analysed more than 1,500 obituaries from across the US.

"There's still a lot of the benefit of religious affiliation that this can't explain", Ms. Wallace said.

Other reasons could be that religious beliefs that limit unhealthy choices such as drug and alcohol use or sex with many partners, he added.

'We found that volunteerism and involvement in social organisations only accounted for a little less than one year of the longevity boost that religious affiliation provided, ' said Laura Wallace, the study's lead author. That analysis showed people whose obituaries included their religious affiliation lived an average of 5.64 years longer than those who didn't.

"It is also interesting that in cities where the majority of religious people, flowed the advantages of lifetime also to the unbelievers".

The post also references a longterm study from a couple of years ago that found that regular church attendance may "lower the risk for premature death".