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New research studies on Transcendental Meditation and African-American adolescents at risk for hypertension
by Global Good News staff writer

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11 May 2009

Preliminary findings of two new randomized controlled trials by the Medical College of Georgia, USA indicate that the practice of Transcendental Meditation prevented weight increase and decreased heart enlargement over an eight-month period, in African-American adolescents at risk for hypertension.

In the first study—'Weight Control in Pre-Hypertensve Adolescents'—the research paper comments that 'adolescent overweight is an important public health concern. There is an urgent need to initiate prevention and treatment of obesity in adolescents.'

Presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine in Canada in April, the study suggests that the practice of Transcendental Meditation 'slowed normal weight gains in African American adolescents at-risk for essential hypertension'.

Published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 2009:37 (Supplement), the second paper—'Impact of Transcendental Meditation on left ventricular mass in African American adolescents'—states that 'chronic stress may cause blood pressure to be sustained at too high a level and cause enlargement of the left ventricle, the chambers in the heart responsible for pumping blood to the body.

'This enlargement of the heart, called left ventricular hypertrophy, is a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease. This randomized study on 49 adolescents found significant decreases in left ventricular mass . . . over an eight-month period' in the group practising Transcendental Meditation compared to the health-education control group.

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