Less religiously active women, more health problems

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London, Jan 1 (UNI) Health and spirituality go hand in hand and women who reduce their religious activities are more likely to suffer from anxiety disorder, according to a recent research.

Besides being the victim of mental illness, these women may also become dependent on alcohol. As against this, religious activities do not affect the health of men, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Attending religious services gives women an easy access to social networking. Reiterating it, lead study author of the research Joanna Maselko said, '' Women are more integrated into the social networks of their religious communities.'' ''When they stop attending religious services, they lose access to that network and all its potential benefits. Men may not be as integrated into the religious community and so may not suffer the negative consequences of leaving,'' Dr Maselko added.

The research published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology said a person's religious history play an important role in deriving relation between health and spirituality.

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