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Specialists discuss role of the Transcendental Meditation Technique in treatment of diabetes

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3 January 2011

The American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Program consists of hundreds of U.S. doctors and medical researchers—including cardiologists, neurologists, internists, family practitioners, surgeons, neuroscientists, psychiatrists and psychologists—who endorse the TM program as a means to prevent disease, improve health, and promote longevity.

The Association represents thousands of health professionals across the United States and Canada who practice the TM technique themselves and recommend it to their patients.

On the website Ask the Doctors, created by members of the Association, specialists in many fields of modern medicine answer questions about the Transcendental Meditation program and health.

The 'Question of the Week' currently featured on the Ask the Doctors home page is: 'Does practicing Transcendental Meditation help lower insulin resistance?' Sandeep Chaudhary, M.D., answers the question in context of considering the topic of pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This is part of a broader discussion among several specialists on the site about diabetes and the Transcendental Meditation Technique.

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 the Medical Director of Wellspring Endocrinology at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California, and also works as the endocrinologist at Qualcomm.

'Research on insulin resistance, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2006,' Dr Chaudhary says, 'has shown 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. 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.

'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.

'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.'

Click here for more about the Transcendental Meditation technique, diabetes, and related topics on the Ask the Doctors website.

Another perspective on the use of Transcendental Meditation in treating diabetes can be found on the American Indians page of the David Lynch Foundation website. This describes a special initiative to promote health and overcome the debilitating effects of traumatic stress on reservations, where 70 percent of American Indians suffer from Type 2 diabetes.

© Copyright 2011 American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Technique

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