Meditation May Be Good For The Heart

We curated the following story by Nicholas Bakalar written for The New York Times. Turns out people who meditate have a lower risk of high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, stroke and coronary artery disease.

Meditation may be linked to a lower risk for cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests.

Researchers used data from a national survey conducted annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, identifying all patients with high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, stroke and coronary artery disease and any who reported that they meditated. Of 61,267 people in the survey, there were 5,851 who participated in some form of meditation. TheĀ study is in the American Journal of Cardiology.

After controlling for age, sex, B.M.I., marital status, smoking, sleep duration and depression, they found that meditating was associated with a 35 percent lower risk of high cholesterol,…

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