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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109
Volume 9, Issue 3, January 2014 pp 438-441
Effect of Meditation on Lipid Profile of Postmenopausal Women
Rajesh K. Jambhulkar1, Bhushan H. Mahajan2
1Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, S.V.N. Government Medical College, Yavatmal, Maharashtra, INDIA.
2Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, INDIA.
Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K. R.
Introduction: In order to contribute to the better understanding of effect of meditation in postmenopausal women, the present study was conducted to estimate the serum levels of total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), very low density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-C), and atherogenic index in postmenopausal women and to determine the effect of meditation on the lipid profile in these women. Aims and objectives: To compare the lipid profile in postmenopausal women before and after six months of meditation. Material and Methods: fifty postmenopausal women in the age group of 45-60 were enrolled for the study after the institutional ethical committee’s clearance was obtained. Their blood samples were collected before the starting of meditation. They were kept on meditation for more than six months. After the end of six months meditation again blood samples were collected and assessed for lipid profile status. Results: In our study, we found that the mean value of serum TC, TG, LDL-C, VLDL-C and atherogenic ratio in postmenopausal women was significantly decreased and the mean value of serum HDL-cholesterol was significantly increased after six months of meditation. Discussion: A decrease in sympathetic discharge and better ability to overcome stress can be cited as possible mechanisms for the improvement in lipid profile in postmenopausal women seen in our study. Conclusion: From this study we conclude that meditation improves the lipid profile in postmenopausal women and can be helpful in preventing the diseases related to the CVS.