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How Laughter Helps With Diabetes

Research suggests that laughter helps keep diabetes under control. It is similar to exercise in that it improves the overall performance of the heart’s muscular function and helps ward off heart disease and lower blood sugar. It also stimulates positive emotions and a more positive outlook. Negative emotions such as anxiety, fear, and sorrow are known to be factors that elevate the blood glucose level. (Surwit RS, Schneider MS: Role of stress in the etiology and treatment of diabetes mellitus. Psychosom Med 55:380–393, 1993.)

Having diabetes is stressful. Laughter is a great way to cope and we now know that being able to cope also influences your body’s biochemistry, helping to insure that the chemical messages are working for you, not against you.

Daily opportunities for laughter are important for patients with Diabetes.Keiko Hayashi, RN, PhD
Research at the University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
Research at Loma Linda University, CA, USA
Research at the University Clinical Center Maribor, Slovenia
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How laughter can help

Sedentary lifestyle

Physical inactivity and lack of exercise is related to obesity and rise in sugar levels. Laughter is an exercise which acts on the body and the mind. It has the ability to improve mobility and flexibility. It provides an effective cardio workout and accelerates heart rate faster than other forms of exercise. It provides an effective mid-body and also an aerobic workout that leaves one feeling energized. Read more.

Obesity

One of the functions of insulin is to stimulate hunger. Therefore, higher insulin levels lead to increased hunger and eating. Stress and compulsive eating disorders also add to excessive weight gain and heightened sugar levels. Extended hearty laughter has been proved as a tool to regulate blood sugar as it massages the endocrine glands responsible for glucose production.

Mental health, Stress

Agitation, unexplained irritability, inattention, extreme lethargy, or confusion can all increase sugar levels. Therapeutic approaches to laughter such as Laughter Wellness and Laughter Yoga offer a unique form of exercise that impacts positively and directly on body, mind and emotions. Read more.

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About The Author

Sebastien Gendry

Sebastien Gendry is an international expert in laughter for wellness and wellbeing with over 11 years of full-time experience working with 1,000s of people on four continents. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 minutes, ABC Good Morning America, National Public Radio and many more national media. He is the creator of the Laughter Wellness method, an interactive practice focused on developing a positive attitude and designed to improve physical, mental, emotional and especially social wellbeing and integration. Sebastien currently dedicates most of his time running The Laughter Consultants, a team of professional wellbeing experts, as well as The Laughter Online University, a leading provider of eLearning solutions on Laughter Therapy, with students in 33 countries.

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