WVU in the News: How to live longer: Meditation linked to lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar

Meditation is "about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective", noted Headspace - an app that guides its users on how to meditate. Now a research study demonstrated the lifeskill can achieve so much more.

Led by Dr. Chayakrit Krittanawong, his research – published in the American Journal of Cardiology – revealed those who partake in meditation have a reduced level of cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. "I believe in meditation, as it can give us a sense of calm, peace, and stress reduction, leading to improvement of our emotional well-being," said Dr. Krittanawong. His research utilises data from more than 61,000 survey participants collated from the annual National Health Interview Survey.

This research study adds to a growing body of evidence highlighting the benefits of regular meditation.

To illustrate, a West Virginia University research team – led by Dr. Kim Innes – found that meditation may help improve memory.

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