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A1C Concerns Keeping You From Sweet Stuff And Laughter?

Sushil Bhatia

A1C concerns keeping you from sweet stuff and laughter?
It always comes as a shock, as it did to me, when your doctor tells you that your A1C is high/border line or you are pre-diabetic. You react and stop eating all cookies, sweets, desserts, pies and all the good stuff you love. You follow all the rules and wants to be healthy and do the same thing that most dieters do to lose weight. You go all out, stop eating all the things you like and are determined to lose weight/ lower A1C and show your strong will power. It goes very well for 2 weeks to 2 months and THEN...
Little cravings start to creep in. You start by eating small portions (particularly when no one is watching), steal/ swallow a cookie here and there, justify to yourself, then justify to others "oh, life is too short to put too many restrictions, let us enjoy while we can, who knows how long we are going to live etc. etc.  etc...More reasons, justifications and minor cheats never hurt anyone...and so it goes.
Now there is an easier solution.
Laughter. Just laugh off the excess sugar and enjoy. Some research below shows how Laughter can help 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.)
Laughter, Japanese researchers found, lowers blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Seriously. The findings appear in the May issue of Diabetes Care. The findings bear out the advice of Norman Cousins, the famous editor widely known as "the man who laughed his way to health." Laughter, he said, is a form of internal jogging. He was right, according to a study by Keiko Hayashi, PhD, RN, of the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki, Japan.

Hayashi's team collected blood-sugar measurements from 19 people with type 2 diabetes before and two hours after a meal. After dinner on the first day, the patients attended a boring 40-minute lecture. No jokes were told. On the second day, the same dinner was followed by a 40-minute comedy show (manzai, a popular form of stand-up comedy in Japan).

The patients laughed well. They rated their laughter as 4 or 5 on a 5-point scale. Their after-meal blood sugar went up after the comedy show -- but much less than it did after the lecture. Even in healthy subjects without type 2 diabetes, a similar response to the laughter was seen.

Therefore, Hayashi and colleagues say, people with diabetes should laugh every day. Well, they don't really say it that way. They put it in scientific jargon. "In conclusion," they write, "the present study elucidates the inhibitory effect of laughter on the increase in postprandial [after meal] blood glucose and suggests the importance of daily opportunities for laughter in patients with diabetes." That does seem funnier.
Also look at:
Diabetes (Big D) is full of reasons to laugh
Laughing After Meal Lowers Blood Sugar Levels Naturally
Fight Diabetes with Sweet Laughter | Psychology Today

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