Belief in God reduces high blood pressure among Protestants

Does God believe improve the health of a man? In any case, a Norwegian study has shown that the more you pray in a church the better you control blood pressure in men and women.

According to Torgeir Sørensen, professor of theology and psychology of religion at the Inland Hospital, the results of the study found that blood pressure is lower for the participants who spent more time in church. This is the first study of its kind in Scandinavia. The Norwegian Church is a Protestant since the Reformation Lutheran Church decided in 1537 by King Christian III of Denmark. Ninety percent of people in the region of Nord-Trøndelag where the study was conducted are Protestants.

In the region of Nord-Trøndelag, 4% of people go to church every weekend against 40% of Americans.

In the study 20,066 were men and 15,898 were women.

At the beginning of the study,The average from diastolic blood pressure of 71 mmHg were women and 76.7 mmHg for men. The mean systolic blood pressure was 128.5 mmHg in women and 134 mmHg in men. 39.1% of women and 42.8% of men had never participated in religious services . Just under 4% of participants attended worship more than three times per month. The results were adjusted for other risk factors for hypertension (obesity, smoking …).

After the adjustment, an inverse association between participation in cults and the diastolic and systolic arétrielle pressuremeter is found. The more time you spent in worship, the longer the reduction of diastolic and systolic blood pressures are . Respectively, in women and men, a decrease of 1.50-1.67 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure of 2.12/1.71 mmHg in systolic blood pressure, were found among those who were at least three worship once a month. These decreases are 0.87/1.16 mmHg for diastolic and systolic 0.30/0.11 mmHg in those with the cult was between 1 and 3 times a month and 0.49/0.10 mmHg for diastolic and 0.58/0.63 mmHg for systolic blood those who have been the worship of 1 to 6 times over 6 months.

Blood pressure can lead to other diseases like cardiovascular events such as stroke, myocardial heart …