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How may religious involvement benefit your health?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
Harold G. Koenig, M.D., psychiatrist and author of The Healing Power of Faith, believes that "religious involvement is a protective factor that can be quantified like other health variables such as diet, exercise, smoking or alcohol use." In a recent summary analysis, Dr. Koenig found the following positive correlations with religious involvement: greater levels of well being, hope and optimism; greater sense of purpose and meaning; less depression and more rapid recovery; decreased risk of suicide; decreased anxiety and fear; greater marital satisfaction and less risk of divorce; greater social support, which confers health benefits; decreased risk of substance abuse; and lower rate of juvenile delinquency.
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