Religion and spirituality. Linkages to physical health.

  title={Religion and spirituality. Linkages to physical health.},
  author={Lynda H Powell and Leila Shahabi and Carl E. Thoresen},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  volume={58 1},
Evidence is presented that bears on 9 hypotheses about the link between religion or spirituality and mortality, morbidity, disability, or recovery from illness. In healthy participants, there is a strong, consistent, prospective, and often graded reduction in risk of mortality in church/service attenders. This reduction is approximately 25% after adjustment for confounders. Religion or spirituality protects against cardiovascular disease, largely mediated by the healthy lifestyle it encourages… 

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