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Study: Laughter is the Best Medicine

Study: Laughter is the Best Medicine

United Press International

April 17, 2009

Mirthful laughter was linked to lower cholesterol and less risk of cardiovascular disease in a study of high-risk diabetic patients, U.S. researchers said.

Lee Berk, a psychoneuroimmunologist, of Loma Linda University, and Dr. Stanley Tan, an endocrinologist and diabetes specialist at Oak Crest Health Research Institute in Loma Linda, examined the effects of mirthful laughter on 20 high-risk diabetic patients with hypertension and hyperlipidemia — an elevation of lipids in the bloodstream.

Both groups were started on standard medications for diabetes — glipizide, TZD, metformin, ACE inhibitors and statins. The researchers tracked both groups for 12 months, testing their blood for the stress hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine; HDL cholesterol; inflammatory cytokines, which contribute to the acceleration of atherosclerosis and C-reactive proteins, a marker of inflammation and cardiovascular disease.

One group viewed self-selected humor for 30 minutes in addition to the standard drug therapies.

At the end of one year, 26 percent of the laughter group had higher levels of high-density lipoprotein, the “good” cholesterol, compared to 3 percent in the control group. Harmful C-reactive proteins decreased 66 percent in the laughter group vs. 26 percent for the control group.

The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Physiological Society, part of the Experimental Biology 2009 gathering in New Orleans Convention.’

© YellowBrix 2009

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    my freind she love to laugh sooooooo much and her age is 50 and she look like 15 years

  • 03_17_06_1739_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    I use humor with every patient in my clinic! It takes training and lots of experience to work in a multicultural environment. The human condition is universal-blood pressure, diabetes, and a medical exam can be made fun with the right approach. The human condition is really funny if you think about it...

    Two strangers can be riding in a train, one is pregnant and looks a little quisey...Female or male, the person next to her will start a conversation about their own delivery experience-and it is always funny (and as years go on those delivery stories get funnier and funnier).

    I am a polio survivor as well as a 2 time cancer survivor...debthenurse

  • Me_and_mike_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    seems like a logical argument. this same argument came up the other day on Yahoo, only it was about marriage. The study discussed high school year book pictures and their correlation to marriage success. VERY Interesting.

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