Giggles for Diabetes, As Directed

I’ve written about this before, but can never resist additional evidence that laughter is the best medicine.

This time a researcher from the Foundation for the Advancement of International Science actually tested the hypothesis on people with diabetes — to see whether laughter could influence blood Giggle_rings_3 glucose level. On one day he took 19 diabetes patients to “a monotonous lecture (40 minutes) without humorous content.” The next day he took them to a 40-minute comedy show. The patients ate the same meals on both days. Blood glucose levels were lower after the comedy day than after the lecture. Ha, ha! See?! A little fun goes a long way.

Researcher Kazuo Murakami concludes that his results, published in Diabetes Care, “suggest the importance of daily opportunities for laughter in patients with diabetes.”

And not just for diabetics. Just last week at the University of Maryland, a similar study showed that comedies were “as instantly beneficial to the heart as a course of statins or a stint in the gym.” Volunteers watching funny films experienced arterial blood flow increase, while those watching melancholy or distressing films had decreased blood flow. (Are we surprised?)

This being the case, I can’t resist recommending in a few of my own favorite potential “remedies”: Liar, Liar with Jim Carrey, Parenthood with Steve Martin, Down by Law with Roberto Benigni, and of course, most anything from Monty Python. Oh and in this case, forget what I said about the doubtfulness of research. Sometimes blind faith is best after all :)


4 Responses

  1. Kerri.
    Kerri. January 24, 2006 at 7:34 am | | Reply

    Parenthood is a brilliant movie. You’re very right! The part where the little boy bangs his head against the wall while the bucket rests on his head … it’s making me snicker here at my desk as I write this.

  2. Kirk
    Kirk January 24, 2006 at 7:37 am | | Reply

    I watch Blazing Saddles when I need a real guffaw. Great info Amy.


  3. Eat 4 Today
    Eat 4 Today January 25, 2006 at 4:28 am | | Reply

    Open Thread

    And a continuation of the medicinal laughter conversation. . .
    I stumbled across blog, Diabetes Mine – A gold mine of straight talk and encouragement for people living with diabetes.
    And the lead story today is this:
    Giggles for Diabetes, As Directed…

  4. Jo
    Jo January 25, 2006 at 7:08 pm | | Reply

    Which explains why when I’m stuck in a 2 hour training class at work my right ankle starts tingling telling my sugar is rising .. but I can sit through a 3 hour movie with no problem — and popcorn on top of it!

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