Mindfulness lowers blood sugar levels
Mindfulness training reduced stress and fasting blood sugar levels better than traditional health-education classes
Researchers from Penn State University randomly assigned 86 overweight or obese women to receive eight weekly sessions of either mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), taught by a professional instructor, or general health education, taught by a registered dietitian.
“MBSR significantly reduces stress and may have beneficial effects on glucose.” After eight weeks of training and eight more weeks of home practice, perceived stress scores for women in the MBSR group had decreased 3.6 points from the start of the study on a 10-point scale, compared to only 1.3 points for women in the health education group.
Reference: Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction in Women with Overweight or Obesity: A Randomized Clinical Trial Link