Study says religious professionals live longer than others
Priests, religious and protestant clergy live longer than the rest of the population, according to a conclusion drawn from three decades of research published in the current edition of the Journal of Religion and Health.
The longevity factor that they all have in common, according to the study, is the "contemplative lifestyle" of the religious professions.
The researchers examined mortality rate data for religious professionals in the United States and Europe, and compared the rates with those for people of the same age, sex and race in the general population. "In almost all the data studied," the study reported, "10% fewer clergy died than did ordinary people."
Journal of Religion and Health
The Mercury News
5 Aug 2002