Faith a Factor in Billy Graham’s Long Life

Faith a Factor in Billy Graham’s Long Life

Faith was a key factor that gave the Rev. Billy Graham the strength to live his very long life, a renowned cardiologist says.

“Studies have shown that people of faith live longer, and, in the case of Billy Graham, God also had a call on him as well,” Dr. Chauncey Crandall tells Newsmax Health.

Graham died Wednesday at the age of 99, after health problems that included Parkinson’s disease, cancer and pneumonia, his spokesperson said.

Recently researchers from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that women who attended church weekly had a 33 percent risk of dying during the research people than those who never went.

Less-frequent attendance was also associated with a lower risk of death, as women who attended once a week or less than weekly had 26% and 13% lower risk of death, respectively.

The results of this study also mirrored a previous one, conducted in Alameda, Calif., which tracked the churchgoing habits of men and women for 28 years and found that those who attended regularly had a lower death rate.

In Graham’s case, his belief was that he was on a mission was another key factor in his longevity, says Crandall, chief of the cardiac transplant program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Because Graham felt he had a responsibility to God, he also took good care of his health, notes Crandall, author of the Heart Health Report.

“Billy Graham was very disciplined in his eating and exercise habits. He took excellent care of health because he believed that he had been made in the spirit of God,” added Crandall.

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