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New research: Transcendental Meditation decreases risk of heart disease in teens
by Mario Orsatti
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18 June 2012
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In the midst of growing concerns about teens and obesity, a group of researchers at Georgia Health Sciences University has been focusing on a related issue of importance—teen hypertension. Their research diverged from the typical focus on the role of diet and exercise in curbing high rates of heart disease, which is especially prevalent among African American teens, and focused instead on the potential of the Transcendental Meditation technique.
Their recent study, published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that the regular practice of the TM technique decreased the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in teens.
In a study of 62 black teens with high blood pressure, those who meditated twice a day for 15 minutes had lower left ventricular mass, an indicator of future cardiovascular disease, than a control group, said Dr. Vernon Barnes, a physiologist at the Medical College of Georgia and the Georgia Health Sciences University Institute of Public and Preventive Health.
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