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Humor and Blood Sugar
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On two separate days, five healthy adults and 19 diabetic adults sat down for dinner. After their meal on the first day, all attended a monotonous lecture. Postmeal on the second day, all enjoyed a comedy show, which made each laugh heartily.

Before each meal and two hours after, researchers measured the participants’ blood sugar. When the diners attended the comedy show, the increase in blood sugar associated with eating was 36 percent lower than it was after they sat through the boring lecture.

While the authors concede that the exertion of laughing may have used up some blood sugar, they also propose that all those hearty giggles may have modulated the hormones involved in blood-sugar control.

If your blood sugar rises too sharply after eating, pop your favorite comedy in the VCR and laugh your way to better health.

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, May/June2004. Copyright © 2005 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.


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