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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 122-128
Effect of 6 months of meditation on blood sugar, glycosylated hemoglobin, and insulin levels in patients of coronary artery disease


1 Department of Physiology, Government Medical College, Banda, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Physiology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Cardiology, G. B. Pant Hospital, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Biochemistry, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_30_17

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Background and Objectives: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It has been recognized that stress, diabetes, and hypertension are important in etiology and progression of CAD. This study is to evaluate the role of meditation in improving biochemical parameters such as blood glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, and serum insulin levels in known CAD patients. Material and Methods: Sixty CAD patients are divided into two groups of which one group did meditation and other did not. Blood glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, and fasting serum insulin levels were measured before and at the end of 6 months of study in both the groups. Results: At the end of the study, significant decrease was seen in patients who practiced meditation as compared to other group. Conclusion: Meditation may modulate the physiological response to stress through neurohumoral activation, which may be a novel therapeutic target for the treatment of CAD.


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