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Transcendental Meditation creates balance, reducing risk factors for diabetes and heart disease
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16 August 2011
Endocrinologist Sandeep Chaudhary, M.D., and cardiologists Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.B.M.R., and César Molina, M.D., F.A.C.C.,* answer more questions about effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on Type 2 diabetes.
Please also see Part I of this series.
Q: How does the Transcendental Meditation technique reduce stress?
Dr. Molina: Stress is the inability of the physiology to maintain a steady state, a balanced state or homeostasis. The Transcendental Meditation technique has been shown to improve neurophysiologic integration, thereby enhancing the physiology's capacity to return to a steady state when challenged.
The challenge may be caused by emotional stress, physical stress or an irregular daily routine. By enhancing the body's capacity to return to homeostasis, the Transcendental Meditation technique decreases the effect of stress, an important risk factor associated with increased incidence of diabetes, atherosclerosis and many other diseases.
Q: Q: If I practice TM, will I need to take less insulin or oral diabetes drugs?
Dr. Chaudhary: The answer to that is to follow the advice of your doctor. Research indicates that if one practices the Transcendental Meditation technique and starts eating healthier, then in general, one will need fewer medications. You can start practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique and monitor your insulin requirement with your doctor's guidance.
I have a patient who had diabetes for many years and was on many medications. She started the Transcendental Meditation technique, completed several sessions to remove toxins from her body, and started a healthier diet. Where her A1C test (a measure of average blood sugar levels) started at 9, which is relatively high, her A1C eventually dropped below 7, which is ideal for diabetics.
So in my experience, when people start the TM technique and become more in tune with what the body needs, they spontaneously start eating foods that are healthier.
Dr. Schneider: Many people might be able to avoid the need for diabetes medications or lower their doses. As usual, continue to monitor your condition with the supervision of a qualified health care professional.
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* Sandeep Chaudhary, M.D., 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 the Medical Director of Wellspring Endocrinology at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California.
Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.B.M.R., has been awarded more than $20 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his pioneering research on natural approaches to heart disease. Dr. Schneider is the author of Total Heart Health and 100 medical research articles, and he has been featured in more than 1,000 media reports, including CNN Headline News, The New York Times, and Time magazine.
César Molina, M.D., F.A.C.C., is Medical Director of the South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA. He is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Molina has recently appeared in the international edition of CNN discussing the benefits of diet and exercise in the treatment and prevention of coronary heart disease.
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