Laughter may improve the immune system and lower blood sugar in diabetics

Laughter for health

Laughter for health

Some of the more common natural ways to improve the immune system and lower blood sugar in diabetics is through diet and exercise. But what about laughter? Can laughing actually improve the immune system and lower blood sugar? A group of Japan scientists in 2007 from the Foundation for the Advancement of International Sciences set out to look at how laughter impacts health.  They took 10 type II diabetic people (6 men and 4 women) and had them watch a comedy show for 1 hour.  The scientists then took blood samples from the 10 subjects 1.5 and 4 hours after they watched the comedy show.   The scientists then measured in the blood the genetic changes  due to laughing and found something rather remarkable.   Namely, laughter influenced the genes in the diabetics to make more NK cells, aka Natural Killer cells which improve the immune system against disease. Also, even though no genes were identified that directly influenced blood sugar control, blood sugar levels did not rise greatly after eating in this diabetic group. So, besides eating your vegetables and exercising, consider laughing to improve your health. To read about the study, click here

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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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