A meta-analytic review of the effects of mindfulness meditation on telomerase activity

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  author={Nicola S. Schutte and John M. Malouff},

Impact of Meditation-Based Lifestyle Practices on Mindfulness, Wellbeing, and Plasma Telomerase Levels: A Case-Control Study

The findings of this comparative study add to the evidence on sustained benefits of meditation on wellbeing and healthy aging and supports incorporating meditation-based activities into lifestyle practices.

Can mindfulness-based interventions influence cognitive functioning in older adults? A review and considerations for future research

It is concluded that eight-week MBI for older adults are feasible, but results on cognitive improvement are inconclusive due to a limited number of studies, small sample sizes, and a high risk of bias.

What telomeres say about activity and health: A rapid review

  • Flora To-MilesC. Backman
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Canadian journal of occupational therapy. Revue canadienne d'ergotherapie
  • 2016
Current evidence on the role of physical and mindfulness activities in sustaining telomeres and telomere length and telomerase function is reviewed to identify the health-promoting benefits of occupation and inform lifestyle interventions.

Zen meditation, Length of Telomeres, and the Role of Experiential Avoidance and Compassion

The results suggest that the absence of experiential avoidance of negative emotions and thoughts is integral to the connection between meditation and telomeres.

Meditation and telomere length: a meta-analysis

Findings provide tentative support for the hypothesis that participants in meditation conditions have longer telomeres than participants in comparison conditions, and that a greater number of hours of meditation is associated with a greater impact on telomere biology.

The Relationship Between Perceived Stress and Telomere Length: A Meta-analysis.

  • N. SchutteJ. Malouff
  • Psychology
    Stress and health : journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress
  • 2016
A significant relationship between more perceived stress and shorter telomere length is consistent with theoretical frameworks positing that stress induces physiological changes that result in shortened telomeres.

Meditation and Immune Function: The Impact of Stress Management on the Immune System

The historical background of the many forms of meditation is reviewed and the effects meditation has on several markers of immune function including Natural Killer cell activity, Blymphocytes, telomerase activity, and CD8+ T-cells are examined.



Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators

The effect of mindfulness-based therapy on anxiety and depression: A meta-analytic review.

Effect size estimates suggest that mindfulness-based therapy was moderately effective for improving anxiety and mood symptoms from pre- to posttreatment in the overall sample, and this intervention is a promising intervention for treating anxiety and Mood problems in clinical populations.

How Does Mindfulness Meditation Work? Proposing Mechanisms of Action From a Conceptual and Neural Perspective

Several components through which mindfulness meditation exerts its effects are explored, suggesting that the mechanisms described here work synergistically, establishing a process of enhanced self-regulation.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction and health benefits. A meta-analysis.

Although derived from a relatively small number of studies, these results suggest that MBSR may help a broad range of individuals to cope with their clinical and nonclinical problems.

Loving-Kindness Meditation practice associated with longer telomeres in women

Alterations in Brain and Immune Function Produced by Mindfulness Meditation

It is demonstrated that a short program in mindfulness meditation produces demonstrable effects on brain and immune function, and suggest that meditation may change brain andimmune function in positive ways and underscore the need for additional research.

Reduced telomerase activity in human T lymphocytes exposed to cortisol

An intricate dance: Life experience, multisystem resiliency, and rate of telomere decline throughout the lifespan.

It is suggested that chronic stress effects can be best understood by directly testing if the deleterious effects of stress on biological aging processes are mitigated in individuals with high levels of multisystem resiliency.

Cortisol awakening response and psychosocial factors: A systematic review and meta-analysis