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If you want to live longer, go to church! A recently published study headed by Norwegian researchers found that there is a correlation between religious practice and lower blood pressure.

In research published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, researchers concluded that lower blood pressure can be linked to church attendance. Dr. Harold G. Koenig, one of the authors of the research, told The Christian Post that this study was one of many that has shown this trend.

“About two-thirds of the research, now over 60 quantitative studies, report that those who are more religiously active have significantly lower blood pressure,”said Koenig. He also believes the cause of lowered blood pressure was based strongly on what people experienced while attending church.

In addition, Koenig said, “It is a lot more complex of a relationship than simply going to church and your blood pressure decreasing. If going to church leads you to a deeper relationship with God, as a result a deeper sense of peace and a more loving relationship with your neighbor, then it could indeed affect blood pressure.”

SOURCE: Michael Gryboski | Christian Post Reporter

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