Researchers from Brown University have published a study in the journal American Journal of Health Behavior connecting mindfulness or self-awareness with healthier glucose levels. The study involved 399 people whose health indicators were measured – including dispositional mindfulness and blood glucose.
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The research is based on the concept that self-awareness may play a part in improving cardiovascular health, where people who are mindful of their health on daily basis take active steps to exercise, resist cravings for high-sugar treats, high-fat foods, while sticking to healthier diets and exercise regimen.
"This study demonstrated a significant association of dispositional mindfulness with glucose regulation, and provided novel evidence that obesity and sense of control may serve as potential mediators of this association," wrote Eric Loucks, assistant professor of epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health. "As mindfulness is likely a modifiable trait, this study provides preliminary evidence for a fairly novel and modifiable potential determinant of diabetes risk."
The researchers were able to see a connection between people who are highly mindful of their health and lower risks for developing obesity, elevated blood glucose, type 2 diabetes, and some other conditions. The only issue with the study is that the number of participants used for the study may not be truly representative of the generality of people to say with definitiveness if this is true.
"There's been almost no epidemiological observational study investigations on the relationship of mindfulness with diabetes or any cardiovascular risk factor," Loucks said. "This is one of the first. We're getting a signal. I'd love to see it replicated in larger sample sizes and prospective studies as well."
The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
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