The association between religious beliefs and values with inflammation among Middle-age and older adults.

TitleThe association between religious beliefs and values with inflammation among Middle-age and older adults.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationForthcoming
AuthorsBritt, KCarroll, Boateng, ACO, Sebu, J, Oh, H, Lekwauwa, R, Massimo, L, Doolittle, B
JournalAging & Mental Health
Pagination1-8
ISSN Number1364-6915
Keywordsbiomarker, Cognition, Dementia, Health and Retirement Study, protective factor, Religion, Resilience, Spirituality
Abstract

Dimensions of religion and spirituality are associated with better emotional, physical, and cognitive health. However, the underlying physiological mechanisms are not well known. We investigated the relationship between dimensions of religion and spirituality with levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a biomarker of systematic inflammation, in middle-aged and older adults in the United States. In this descriptive longitudinal study using secondary data, we used proportional odds models of the generalized estimating equation (GEE) to assess the association between religious beliefs and values and religious service attendance with CRP levels from respondents ( = 2,385) aged 50 years and older in the Health and Retirement Study from 2006 to 2014. Middle-aged to older adults who reported higher religious beliefs and values had lower levels of CRP, controlling for age, sex, education, marital status, race, household income, and health, such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and body mass index (BMI). Religious beliefs and values are associated with lower CRP levels among middle-aged and older adults in the U.S. This study adds to the understanding of biological processes underlying the relationship between dimensions of religion and spirituality with better cognitive and physical health, potentially through inflammation.

DOI10.1080/13607863.2024.2335390
Citation Key13860
PubMed ID38553253