Religious Attendance and Biological Risk: A National Longitudinal Study of Older Adults

TitleReligious Attendance and Biological Risk: A National Longitudinal Study of Older Adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationForthcoming
AuthorsSuh, H, Hill, TD, Koenig, HG
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
ISSN Number0022-4197
KeywordsAllostatic load, Biomarkers, Cystatin C, Religion
Abstract

Although several studies suggest that religious involvement is associated with healthier biological functioning in later life, most of this work is cross-sectional. We extend previous research by employing a longitudinal design. Our analysis of Health and Retirement Study (2006/2010) data suggests that older adults who attended religious services weekly or more in 2006 tend to exhibit fewer high-risk biomarkers in 2010 and greater reductions in allostatic load over the 4-year study period than respondents who attended yearly or not at all. These patterns persisted with adjustments for baseline allostatic load and a range of background variables.

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DOI10.1007/s10943-018-0721-0
Short TitleJ Relig Health
Citation Key9861