In a study published in the March 22/29, 2016, issue of JAMA, 342 people ages 50 to 70 who’d had back pain for an average of more than seven years were randomly assigned to practice mindfulness-based stress reduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, or receive conventional treatment. At the end of 26 weeks, significantly higher percentages of those who had mindfulness training or cognitive behavioral therapy reported improvements in function and pain relief compared with those who had conventional therapy; however, only the mindfulness group had sustained the improvements when surveyed 26 weeks after the program ended.
Senior researchers at UCSF have released results of a study showing a diet and exercise program that included mindfulness training resulted in participants having lower metabolic risk factors related to heart disease, diabetes and stroke (large waist circumference, high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar and triglycerides, and low levels of HDL cholesterol) compared to those who underwent the same program without the training.
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Occasional articles on the possible benefits of mindfulness practice