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Mormonism good for the body as well as the soul?

Published: Saturday, July 4 2015 4:22 a.m. MDT

Attendees leave the Conference Center during the 182nd Annual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City  Sunday, April 1, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Attendees leave the Conference Center during the 182nd Annual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City Sunday, April 1, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Mormon women in the study had a life expectancy of more than 86 years— five years longer than comparable women overall; men lived to an average of more than 84 years, which was almost a decade longer. These numbers are attributed to the LDS lifestyle.

Forget South Beach. Will the next great nutrition fad be the Provo Diet?

Mormon religious beliefs have gotten plenty of scrutiny in this election, but what about the Mormon lifestyle? Turns out there is evidence that Latter-Day Saints are more likely than the rest of us to actually live into their latter days.

At a presentation sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy Center earlier this week, Michael Otterson, the church’s managing director for public affairs, presented a variety of statistics that might bring in a few converts to the church’s lifestyle, if not its religious doctrines.

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