Impact of Meditation on cardiovascular health
Meditation seems to help, according to a recent study, a reduced cardiovascular risk. The prevention of cardiovascular disease is another verifiable positive health effects of Meditation. In previous studies, Meditation was associated with positive effects on various other diseases.
In the current investigation, with the participation of Baylor College of Medicine, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the Mayo Clinic, it was found that people can reduce by Meditation your cardiovascular risk. The results were published in the English journal “the American Journal of Cardiology”.
Where was the data for the study?
On the basis of the analysis of a large national database was examined in the new study of how Meditation affects the cardiovascular risk. The researchers the data analyzed from a national health survey, which is conducted annually by the National Center for Health Statistics.
More than 61,000 people were surveyed
The data of more than 61,000 Participants in the survey were evaluated by the researchers. Almost 6,000 (nearly ten percent) of the participants reported to have some Form of Meditation performed.
Positive effects of Meditation
Previous studies have already suggested that Meditation may have a number of diseases have a positive impact. A scientific investigation of the American Heart Association from the year 2017, suggested that Meditation could also be for the reduction of cardiovascular risk by Use. The results indicated that Meditation can have a positive impact on blood pressure, cholesterol, Smoking cessation and overall cardiovascular health.
Benefits in connection with Meditation
The researchers found in the current study that meditators had people rare high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Diabetes, a stroke or a coronary heart disease, compared with people who do not meditate.
The biggest difference between meditators and non-meditating people with coronary heart disease. Meditator participants had to develop a 51 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease, compared with non-meditating people.
In the group of meditating people, the probability of a high cholesterol level, Diabetes, stroke and hypertension declined, compared with the Participants from the non-meditating group.
Effect of Meditation remained significant
The Team controlled in addition, various other factors associated with cardiovascular risk, such as age, gender, Smoking and Body Mass Index (BMI). But even after taking these factors into consideration, the effect of the Meditation was still significant, report the researchers
Meditation helps in relaxation and stress reduction
There are many different types of Meditation. Most of the focus on attention and awareness. It is known that these forms of Meditation to increase physical and mental relaxation. The researchers explain that Meditation, people can convey a sense of calm, peace and stress reduction, which contributes to an improvement of our emotional well-being.
Effects of Meditation on the brain
The exercise of Meditation has been associated with reduced Stress, greater attentiveness and improved mental health. Meditation can lead, according to the research group, even to long-term functional and anatomical changes in the brain. Other benefits of Meditation are that they are simple to perform and inexpensive.
Weaknesses of the study
In the study, was unfortunately not recorded, what type of Meditation used by the Participants. Some types of Meditation may provide a greater cardiovascular Benefit, reports the researchers. It was also determined during the survey, the duration or intensity of the Meditation. May be a longer Meditation leads to greater benefits.
Start healthy people more likely to Meditate?
The researchers are not able to determine definitely whether Meditation reduces the cardiovascular risk directly. It is quite possible that people generally have a slightly better cardiovascular health, more common with the Meditation begin, as it is in the case of persons with poor cardiovascular health the case.
The Negative effects of alcohol consumption
There are various activities, which may obscure the connection between Meditation and cardiovascular health. The researchers found, for example, that the consideration of alcohol consumption and physical activity reduced the importance of the relationship between Meditation and cardio-vascular risk.
Further research is needed
Taking into account all these factors, the research team finally comes to the conclusion that Meditation is likely to be associated with a lower prevalence of the cardiovascular risk. The results suggest that Meditation can improve cardiovascular health, but more descriptive studies (for example, a clinical trial) are required to confirm the positive effects of Meditation on cardiovascular health clearly. (as)