Monday, March 16, 2015
MINDFULNESS REDUCES OBESITY IN WOMEN
It is said that obesity is a dying ‘weigh’ of life. Actually, obesity is no laughing matter. Obesity and good health are incompatible. It’s as simple as that.
A new study, the results of which were presented at the recent annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego, California, has revealed that mindfulness-based reduction (MBSR)---a secular meditation program developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn---improves the quality of life in women and may decrease fasting glucose.
In the study the MBSR group's mindfulness scores significantly increased and its perceived stress scores significantly decreased, compared to the HEC group's scores.
While sleep, depression, anxiety and overall psychological distress improved in both groups, fasting glucose dropped significantly and quality of life improved significantly in the MBSR group but not in the HEC group.
Weight, body mass index, blood pressure, lipid profile, hemoglobin A1c, fasting insulin, homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) remained similar with MBSR.
The participants in the study were all women. However, there seems no reason in principle why the regular practice of mindfulness ought not to have more-or-less the same beneficial effects in improving the quality of life and decreasing fasting glucose in men.