Laughing can help people with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) lower cholesterol, the following risk vascular disease and heart. As stated by Lee Berk, researchers from Loma Linda University, California, about the latest research results with the team.
In this research, Berk who led the study divided 20 high-risk patients with diabetes (who was also suffering from high blood pressure and has high blood fat levels) into 2 groups. Both groups were given the standard diabetes drug. L group were given 30 minutes to enjoy the humor of their own choosing, while group C (control group) did not get the entertainment of humor. The process lasted for one year of treatment.
In the first two months of the treatment, all patients in the group laughed (L) has a cause of stress hormone levels, namely epinephrine and norepinephrine, which is lower. After 12 months, the level of HDL (good cholesterol) also increased 26% in group L, but only increased 3% in group C.
Using other measures, Berk and his colleagues found that C-reactive protein, markers of inflammation and blood vessel diseases and heart, were decreased to 66% in the group laughed, but only decreased 26% in the monitoring or control groups.
“A good doctor knows that there is an essential psychological intervention brought about by positive emotions, such as effervescent laughter, optimism, and hope,” Berk said.