Laughter is good medicine. It is a widespread belief that laughter can reduce stress and anxiety, discharge tension, and increase self-esteem.
Laughter helps the blood vessels function better. It acts on the inner lining of the vessels, called the endothelium, which cause the vessels to relax and expand, increasing blood flow. In short, laughing is good for your heart and brain – the two organs that require the steady flow of oxygen carried in the blood.
What exactly happens when we laugh?
Laughter is basically a result of your brain processing some information,and deciding that it’s funny. This is humor, and laughter is the next stage when the physical effect of your sense of humor settles in. When this happens, the epiglottis causes a constriction of the larynx and prompts the involuntary spasm which eventually comes out as a laugh.
When we laugh, a whole chain of positive reactions take place within us. Many different muscles of the face and body get a workout and endorphins are released. This can help lower blood pressure.
Circulation is also believed to improve which can help strengthen the cardiovascular system. In addition to all this the nervous system is stimulated.
But does it particularly help diabetics?
As per studies, laughter lowers your blood pressure and helps your heart beat more smoothly. It is also known to relieve pain and reduces inflammation. It can also help the immune system fight germs. Studies show that laughing lowers levels of stress hormones called cortisol and adrenaline.
Cortisol is believed to increase insulin resistance, while adrenaline helps the liver to pump more glucose into your blood. So laughter can probably help lower blood glucose and keep it down.
As per studies conducted by University of Tsukuba in Japan ( source: Best of health, UK) , “Laughing has a positive effect on our neuroendocrine system which can help suppress the elevation of blood glucose levels.”
As per a study published in the Diabetes Care journal, leading a sedentary life is directly related to obesity which gives rise in blood sugar levels.
Laughter is an exercise that acts not only on the body, but also on the mind.
It helps improve flexibility and mobility. Laughter also provides an effective cardio workout, making the heart beat faster – now that is the easiest aerobic exercise. It brings about a faster heart rate than any other form of exercise.
Invest in a glucometer:
Laughing helps and so does monitoring and keeping a track of your sugar levels. Make sure to invest in a glucometer which can help you in timely checking and management of your blood sugar levels.