Nazmus Saquib 1 , Juliann Saquib 2 , Abdulrahman Alhadlag 1 , Mohamad Anas Albakour 1 , Bader Aljumah 1 , Mohammed Sughayyir 1 , Ziad Alhomidan 1 , Omar Alminderej 1 , Mohamed Aljaser 1 , Ahmed Mohammed Al-Dhlawiy 1 , Abdulrahman Al-Mazrou 1
13 November 2017
This cross-sectional study included older Saudi men (age ≥ 55 years) from Buraidah, Al-Qassim. The neighborhoods were selected randomly (20 out of 96); eligible men from the mosques were recruited. Demographics, lifestyle, and depression were assessed with standardized questionnaires; height, weight, blood pressure, and random blood glucose (glucometer) were measured with standard protocol.
The mean and standard deviation for age, body mass index, and Quran memorization were 63 years (7.5), 28.9 kg/m 2 (4.8), and 4.3 sections (6.9). Prevalence of hypertension, diabetes, and depression were 71%, 29%, and 22%, respectively. Those who memorized at least 10 sections of Quran were 64%, 71%, and 81% less likely to have hypertension, diabetes, and depression compared to those who memorized less than 0.5 sections, after controlling for covariates.
There was a strong linear association between Quran memorization and hypertension, diabetes, and depression indicating that those who had memorized a larger portion of the Quran were less likely to have one of these chronic diseases. Future studies should explore the potential health benefits of Quran memorization and the underlying mechanisms.