In a recent study, it has been shown that being aware of one’s feelings and thoughts is a quality connected with healthy levels of blood glucose. This ‘’everyday’’ or dispositional mindfulness is not only an intrinsic or natural trait but is also a behavior, which can be improved upon or acquired.
The researchers in their study analyzed health indicators amongst 399 people, including their dispositional mindfulness and blood glucose levels. It was found that people with higher scores for mindfulness were considerably likelier to have optimal glucose levels than those having low scores.
The research indicates that improving one’s ability to live in the moment and to be watchful of feelings and thoughts can be a key element for maintaining both physical and mental health.
Researchers at the Brown University say that even though this association does not establish cause and effect between the two, it does support the basis that increased mindfulness can better one’s cardiovascular health.
For researchers, the underlying hypotheses are that people learning greater degrees of mindfulness can motivate themselves in a better way to perform exercises regularly along with following a healthy diet. Particularly, they may be able to resist yearning for high-sugar treats and high-fat food and be able to stick the health regime suggested by their physicians.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Eric Loucks, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health said, “This study demonstrated a significant association of dispositional mindfulness with glucose regulation, and provided novel evidence that obesity and sense of control may serve as potential mediators of this association.”
The study, published in the American Journal of Health Behavior, however, indirectly indicated that increased glucose levels may increase the risk of Type-2 diabetes.
Participants with higher levels of mindfulness were about 20 percent less likely to suffer from Type-2 diabetes, but the total number of participants in the research with the condition may have been too small to come to a definite conclusion, Loucks added.
To collect the information, Loucks, and his team members asked 399volunteers to be part of several physiological and psychological tests, including theMindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) and glucose tests, along with a questionnaire of 15 items to study dispositional mindfulness on a scale of 1-7.
After streamlining the data according to such factors as sex, age, ethnicity, race, family history of diabetes and childhood socioeconomic standing, the researchers discovered that participants with high MAAS scores between 6 to 7 were 35 percent more likely to possess healthy glucose levels (under 100 milligrams per deciliter) than those participants with MAAS scores less than four.