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The effects of Transcendental Meditation on aging
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1 January 2008
Successful aging is the best indication of how effectively an individual handles the stresses of life. Transcendental Meditation has proven highly effective in promoting successful aging.
The following scientific research studies showed the value of the Transcendental Meditation Programme for the reduction of aging.
Younger biological age:
A study comparing people practising Transcendental Meditation who were an average age of 50-years-old to matched controls on the Adult Growth Examination (a test measuring indicators of biological age: systolic blood pressure, auditory threshold, and near-point vision) found that the biological age of long-term participants in the Transcendental Meditation program was, on average, 12 years less than their actual chronological age. This means that a 50-year-old who has been practising Transcendental Meditation for 5 years would, on average, have the biological age of a 38-year-old. (International Journal of Neuroscience 16: 53-58, 1982.)
Higher levels of plasma dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) is a hormonal marker of younger biological age. This hormone was found to be significantly higher for 326 adult Transcendental Meditation technique practitioners than for 972 age-and sex-matched controls. These differences were largest for the oldest age categories. (Journal of Behavioral Medicine 15(4): 327-341, 1992.)
Seventy-three residents of homes for the elderly (mean age 81 years) were randomly assigned to one of three treatments which were highly similar in external structure and expectation-fostering features: Transcendental Meditation, mindfulness training in active distinction making, and a relaxation program; while a fourth group received usual care.
The Transcendental Meditation group improved significantly more than did all other groups on all the measures tested: systolic blood pressure, mental health, paired-associates learning, two measures of cognitive flexibility, self-ratings of behavioral flexibility and aging, and multiple indicators of treatment efficacy.
Moreover, after three years the survival rate for Transcendental Meditation was 100%, compared to 65%, 77%, or 88% survival rates for the other treatment groups, respectively, and 63% for the untreated elderly. These results indicate that Transcendental Meditation promotes a longer life and a higher quality of life. (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 57(6): 950-964, 1989.)
Please see also peer reviewed research on Transcendental Meditation.
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