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Love God, live longer: new study

People involved in religion and who are married are healthier, physically and mentally happier and live longer than those who are not, according to a US report issued on the eve of the Synod on the family, to be held in Rome from 5-19 October.

In the maelstrom of media coverage on pre-synod debate between cardinals over issues such as communion for Catholics living in irregular relationships, the US report said study after study has also found that religious belief and practice are associated with lower divorce rates, lower levels of teen sexual activity, less abuse of alcohol and drugs, lower levels of many infectious diseases, less juvenile crime and less violent crime,

“The health benefits of marriage are so strong that a married man with heart disease can be expected to live, on average, 1400 days (nearly four years) longer than an unmarried man with a healthy heart,” said Dr Scott Haltzman, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behaviour at Brown University in the US.

“This longer life expectancy is even longer for a married man who has cancer or is 9kg overweight compared with his healthy but unmarried counterpart,” he added. “The advantages for women are similar.”     [Full Story]


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