Mindful Eating May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes And CV Disease

Posted: Mar 9 2016, 6:48am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


Mindful Eating May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes and CV Disease
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It has been postulated that mindful eating may prevent type 2 diabetes and CV disease. It is in fact the last strategy left behind after all the ten thousand diets have failed to curb the diseases of civilization.

Americans face high stress levels, watch television, go surfing on the Internet regularly and live in an obesogenic environment where a plentiful supply of food is available.

So, it all adds up and they develop everything from type 2 diabetes to CV disease. The major reason behind their maladies is mindless eating. This unconscious style of gulping food is such that you never know how much you are eating and how fast. 

The practice of mindfulness is ideal for dealing with food. When a person brings awareness to the how and why of eating, automatically the enjoyment and delight of feeding behavior is intensified.

Eating food in an open nonjudgmental manner without any filters rather in the manner of a child, one becomes curious as to the real taste and texture of food.

Thus a person can become cognizant of the necessary hunger cues and satiation signals. Food becomes a matter of fine dining instead of something to be shoveled into the mouth in a haphazard manner. 

Also more healthier food choices become the norm when we eat with awareness and consciousness. However, now it appears to be the case that the benefits go even further. Usually people engage in emotional eating due to food addiction.

They hardly pay any attention to the food in the moment. It is a largely random process which is undergone when the food is shoved into the mouth without an afterthought. In order to anesthetize the inner feelings of anxiety, one eats mindlessly and meaninglessly. 

"Whether eating snacks while watching the game or grazing by the dessert tray at the office event, we often find ourselves overeating not because we're hungry, but because the food looks delicious, we're distracted, or we wish to soothe away unpleasant feelings," explains Dr. Daubenmier.

"Our study suggests that mindful eating can go further than making healthy food choices and recognizing when we're full; it could improve glucose levels and heart health to a greater extent than behavioral weight-loss programs that do not teach mindful eating."

Now we know that mindful eating can improve glucose levels in the body as well as aid heart health. While no significant weight loss occurred in the group that ate mindfully, other markers of health improved considerably.

Actually mindful eating is almost like meditation since you have to remain within the moment you eat each bite. When each bite feels right you have hit the sweet spot between mindless eating and obsessive eating.

That works to alleviate type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A very small amount of weight was lost too since those who ate with conscious intention ate less amount of food in a longer period of time.

Even cholesterol and triglyceride levels improved. This is a classic example of behavior modification making healthy goals a reachable deal.

The research is published in the March issue of Obesity, the scientific journal of The Obesity Society.

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