Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 55, Issue 2, pp 709–728 | Cite as

Religious Social Support and Hypertension Among Older North American Seventh-Day Adventists

  • Sherma J. Charlemagne-Badal
  • Jerry W. Lee
Original Paper


Seventh-day Adventists have been noted for their unique lifestyle, religious practices and longevity. However, we know little about how religion is directly related to health in this group. Specifically, we know nothing about how religious social support is related to hypertension. Using data from the Biopsychosocial Religion and Health Study, we carried out a cross-sectional study of 9581 and a prospective study of 5720 North American Seventh-day Adventists examining new 534 cases of hypertension occurring up to 4 years later. We used binary logistic regression analyses to examine study hypotheses. Of the religious social support variables, in both the cross-sectional and prospective study only anticipated support significantly predicted hypertension, but the relationship was mediated by BMI. There were no significant race or gender differences. The favorable relationships between anticipated support and hypertension appear to be mediated by BMI and are an indication of how this dimension of religion combined with lifestyle promotes good health, specifically, reduced risk of hypertension.


Seventh-day Adventists Hypertension Anticipated support BMI Religious social support 


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I have no potential conflict of interest pertaining to my submission to the Journal of Religion and Health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Leadership in Health SystemsLoma Linda University School of Public HealthLoma LindaUSA
  2. 2.Center for Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle, and Disease PreventionLoma Linda University School of Public HealthLoma LindaUSA

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