The American Heart Association acknowledges that meditation may be helpful in reducing risk factors for heart disease. The AHA states that seated meditation, added to a heart-healthy lifestyle, may also lower stress, anxiety and depression, improve sleep quality, lower blood pressure and help individuals stop smoking.
Meditation improves sleep according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Half of the participants completed a six-session mindfulness program that included meditation, while the other half followed a set of instructions to improve sleep habits. Those in the meditation group had less insomnia, fatigue, and depression at the end of the study.
The 2017 Stress in America survey revealed that millennials, (ages 18 to 35) are the most stressed out generation in history. The good news is that millennials are turning to meditation to resolve stress-related illness. According to a Pew study, 42% of millennials have meditated at least once in the past year and 27% at least once a week.
Meditation techniques are being used in schools across the country. A study by the University of California-Davis shows meditation practices actually triple students’ ability to focus and participate in class activities. Fourth graders meditating? Kindergartners practicing mindful breathing? It’s not a big deal at Harris Hill Elementary School in Pennfield, New York. Every class there has students doing both practices. As a consequence, “They’re less impulsive with one another, they think more deliberately about their words before they speak, so it definitely spills into the daily routines,” said 4th grade teacher Heidi Palmiero-Potter. “Mindfulness can be different things, like meditating […]
According to ABC News, recent research shows meditation’s soothing effects can be detected in arterial walls and in the brain. Meditation was once considered outside the mainstream. Today more insurers, like Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Massachusetts and a number of other insurers in Oregon and California are paying for meditation training—both as a form of medication and as preventive medicine. Dr. Robert Thurman of Columbia University says “Meditation is the act of disidentifying from inner thought flow and concentrating on calming and healing. Through meditation, doctors help patients detach from their pain and anxieties and cultivate a real connection between […]
Scripps Translational Science Institute and the Chopra Foundation have concluded a new study using wireless devices to measure vital signs in a more precise way to determine the effects of meditation on the heart and vascular system. Program director, Dr. Eric Topol expects the results to be released in 2015.
Research led by Rebecca Wells, MD at Wake Forest Medical Center indicates that meditation and yoga can be helpful in treating dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Dr. Wells says, “If it can delay the symptoms of cognitive decline even a little, it can contribute to improved quality of life.”
Elderly, long-term meditators have lower blood levels of lipid peroxides, substances linked to heart disease, compared with elderly people who do not meditate. According to a recently published scientific study in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, individuals may be able to reduce atherosclerosis and slow the aging process through meditation techniques.
Lipid peroxides are compounds resulting from the oxidation of blood-borne fats. These substances are thought to accumulate on the lining of arteries, contributing to arteriosclerosis or “hardening of the arteries.” In the study, blood tests revealed “significantly lower (15 percent less) serum levels of lipid peroxides” in the group of […]
Meditation is helpful for relieving anxiety, pain, and depression, according to a systematic research review published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The review reported a small to moderate effect of mindfulness and mantra meditation techniques in reducing emotional symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, and stress, and improving physical symptoms, such as pain. For depression, meditation was about as effective as an antidepressant.
A 2017 AMA Medscape Lifestyle Report asked physicians from 27 medical specialties to grade the severity of their burnout on a scale of 1 to 7—one being that it does not interfere, and seven indicating thoughts of leaving medicine. All but one specialty chose a level four or higher. Emergency medicine was most affected—with nearly 60 percent saying they feel burned out (up from half in 2013). More than 14,000 physicians surveyed named the following four concerns as the top causes of burnout: too many bureaucratic tasks, spending too many hours at work, feeling like just a cog in a […]