For many of those living in Loma Lindo long life is a matter of faith. A significant number of people in the town are Seventh Day Adventist, a religion whose members live between five and 10 years longer than fellow citizens.
This can be partly explained by the fact Adventists don't drink or smoke and many stick to a vegetarian diet the church advises. But not all members do and even they live significantly longer than average.
So, longevity can not be inextricably linked to lifestyle choices alone, especially when those choices are exercised in moderation. This makes one wonder: if an early death cannot be pinned solely on what an individual decides to put into his or her body, then what other constituent could we possibly have to blame?
It seems that regular churchgoers have significantly lower levels of stress hormones and so may be better equipped to cope with the challenges in life, say scientists.
"Therefore your body can stay in balance and not be destroyed by those stressors and traumas over time."
Ah, stress. Of course.
Translation: Spend more time around the people you enjoy sharing space and time with and less time around toxic people who stress you out. You might live longer, even if you smoke.
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