David Haaga, PhD, co-author of the study at American University, said, "The transcendental meditation program, a widely-used standardized program to reduce stress, showed significant decreases in blood pressure and improved mental health in young adults at risk for hypertension."
Blood pressure, psychological distress, and coping abilities were measured at the beginning of the study and three months into the study by the researchers. 298 college students were made to participate in the study. They received instruction in transcendental meditation or were put on a wait list. The wait list acted as control group. 159 of the total 298 students were at risk of getting hypertension.
The at-risk students who practiced transcendental meditation showed significant improvements in blood pressure, stress levels, and coping abilities. Compared to the control group, at-risk students in the transcendental meditation group showed a reduction of 6.3 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure and 4.0 mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure. Such reductions translate to a 52 percent reduced risk of hypertension later in life.
It was estimated by experts that 18 million students are suffering from mental health problems. Life is college is very hectic. Students should adapt themselves for rapid changes, social problems, pressure to succeed, financial strains, and uncertain futures (many of which probably seem gloomy considering the current economic crisis). Over the past decade there was an increase of 50% in diagnosis of depression and an increase of 100% in using medications for psychiatric problems. Psychological stress and mental health conditions like anxiety and depression contribute to the development of high blood pressure, even in young adults. College students with blood pressure above the normal range are three times more likely to develop hypertension in later years.
Transcendental meditation is the best way to reduce stress as well as high blood pressure. And it also improve mental health. This was suggested in a recent study.
Psychological distress such as anxiety, depression, and anger contribute to the development of hypertension in young adults," said lead author Sanford Nidich, EdD, of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at the Maharishi University of Management. "This is the first randomized, controlled study to show in young adults at risk for hypertension reductions in blood pressure that were associated with changes in psychological distress and coping.
The Abramson Family Foundation, the David Lynch Foundation and the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine are the institutions that funded the research.
One third of adult population is U.S suffer from high blood pressure approximately. It is at an alarming rate that one out of three Americans. The adults who are already in the workforce have increased stress levels due to the present economic crisis. Blood pressure increased due to increased stress.
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