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Transcendental Meditation and decreased insulin resistance: Creating balance from the level of consciousness
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20 November 2009
In the series, 'Specialists answer your questions about Transcendental Meditation and health', on the www.doctorsontm.com website, endocrinologist Dr Sandeep Chaudhary* speaks about creating balance at the deepest level of the physiology through Transcendental Meditation, and how this affects insulin resistance, a key factor in diabetes.
Dr Chaudhary referred to research showing that practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation program experience a significant decrease in insulin resistance, as measured by HOMA. 'HOMA' stands for homeostasis model assessment, and is a measure of a person's insulin level.
People with more stable blood sugar levels tend to have more energy, whereas people with higher fluctuations in their blood sugars tend to experience more fatigue and reduction in mental clarity throughout the day.
'Medication can decrease the fluctuations in the blood sugars,' Dr Chaudhary said. 'Properly medicated, the patient can concentrate better and make it through the day better. But that's on a biochemical level; with the Transcendental Meditation technique one can create changes on a much more fundamental level.'
Dr Chaudary explained that the Transcendental Meditation technique creates balance at the deepest level of the physiology—at the level of consciousness itself. When a health intervention works at such a profound level, it creates more profound changes on the gross level of the human physiology as well.
'The TM technique allows one to make changes at this most fundamental level of existence, leading to greater changes—and healthier choices—in creating mental and physical health,' Dr Chaudhary said.
'Practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique, by reducing anxiety and stress, not only leads to better food choices, but the food is digested and assimilated into the body in a more efficient way.'
* Dr Chaudhary earned a double board certification in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical School and later earned his board certification in Endocrinology at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently Medical Director of Wellspring Endocrinology at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California.
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