Natural Health News – New evidence suggests that a practice known as reduction based stress care can help levels of blood glucose control and improve the quality of life in women who are overweight or obese.
stress reduction based on Mindfulness (MBSR) is a form of meditation that was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the 1990s
the practice is to pay attention to the thoughts, feelings and body sensations one at the present moment in a way nonjudgmental and nonreactive through awareness exercises such as breathing awareness.
The results of the new study were presented ahead of the publication of the study ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego.
“In women with overweight and obesity, stress can contribute to increased diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” said Nazia Raja-Khan, MD, assistant professor of medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at the State University Pennsylvania of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Raja-Khan and his colleagues conducted a trial randomized controlled pilot of 86 overweight or obese women who were similar in age and body mass index. Women received either 8-week MBSR or health education control (HEC) and subjected to a series of blood tests and completed questionnaires at baseline and at 8 and 16 weeks.
levels of glucose monitoring
In particular, scientists were interested in the effect of MBSR on fasting glucose levels in the blood.
When we fast hormone glucagon is stimulated and this increases the plasma glucose levels in the body. If a person does not have diabetes, your body will produce insulin to rebalance the increased glucose levels.
However, people with diabetes do not produce enough insulin to rebalance your blood sugar (usually in type 1 diabetes) or the body is unable to use insulin effectively enough (typical type 2 diabetes). This means that when tested levels of blood glucose, people with diabetes have sugar levels significantly higher than those without diabetes blood.
The benefits of stress reduction
scores full attention of the MBSR group increased significantly and their levels of perceived stress decreased significantly compared to scores HEC group. While sleep, depression, anxiety and general psychological distress improved in both groups, fasting glucose was significantly reduced and the quality of life improved significantly in the MBSR group, but not in the HEC group.
weight, body mass index, blood pressure, lipid profile, and several other biochemcial measurements of immunity and tension remained similar to MBSR.
“increased attention and stress reduction can lead to physiological changes in the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal-axis (HPA) and / or the sympathetic nervous system that result in lower levels of glucose” Raja Khan said.
“In view of the growing epidemics of obesity and diabetes, this study is particularly relevant to the general public, as it shows that stress management, specifically based interventions mindfulness as MBSR, can be beneficial to reduce perceived stress and blood glucose and improve the quality of life in women with overweight or obese, “he said. “This research supports the integration of interventions based in contemplation with conventional obesity and diabetes prevention and treatment medical approaches.”