Church Attendance Boosts Immunity

Going to church may be good for the body as well as the soul. In a study of 1700 older Americans, researchers at Duke University Medical Center found that those who attended religious services had stronger immune responses. About 60% of the men and women surveyed attended religious services at least once a week. Blood tests showed that regular attendees were less likely to have high levels of an immune-system protein involved in age-related diseases. Earlier studies found a correlation between religious observation and good physical health, but it wasn’t clear if healthy individuals simply get to church regularly or if church attendance itself delays a decline in physical well-being. This new study suggests a direct positive effect.


                                    -- Article from Parade Magazine, 1997