The usefulness of guided meditation in improving the well-being of diabetics
03/05/2019 // Michelle Simmons // Views

Researchers from India suggest that a guided self-awareness based meditation program is a safe and effective therapy for people with Type 2 diabetes. In their study, which was published in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, they found that guided meditation improved depression, anxiety, perceived stress, sleep, and quality of life of participants with Type 2 diabetes.

  • Type 2 diabetes is one of the leading causes of death.
  • For the study, the researchers assessed the effect of guided meditation practice on perceived stress, anxiety, depression, sleep, and quality of life in people with Type 2 diabetes.
  • Thirty individuals with Type 2 diabetes participated in the study.
  • In addition to their regular medication, the participants participated in supervised meditation programs in the evenings, five days per week for four weeks.
  • The researchers also measured the participants' perceived stress, anxiety, depression, sleep, and quality of life at the beginning and end of the intervention.
  • After four weeks, the sleep and quality of life of the participants increased, while their perceived stress, anxiety, and depression decreased.
  • The guided meditation practice also reduced daytime dysfunction.
  • The results show that a meditation program safely and effectively improves the mental health, sleep, and quality of life of people with Type 2 diabetes.

In conclusion, these findings suggest that people with Type 2 diabetes may improve their condition by participating in a guided self-awareness-based meditation program, which could also help reduce the future complications of Type 2 diabetes.

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Journal Reference:

Varghese MP, Balakrishnan R, Pailoor S. ASSOCIATION BETWEEN A GUIDED MEDITATION PRACTICE, SLEEP AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING IN TYPE 2 DIABETES MELLITUS PATIENTS. Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. 19 September 2018; 15(4). DOI: 10.1515/jcim-2015-0026

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