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Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2014 Apr;42:45-8. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.12.017. Epub 2014 Jan 7.

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

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1
Psychology, University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia. Electronic address: nschutte@une.edu.au.
2
Psychology, University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia.

Abstract

The enzyme telomerase, through its influence on telomere length, is associated with health and mortality. Four pioneering randomized control trials, including a total of 190 participants, provided information on the effect of mindfulness meditation on telomerase. A meta-analytic effect size of d=0.46 indicated that mindfulness meditation leads to increased telomerase activity in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. These results suggest the need for further large-scale trials investigating optimal implementation of mindfulness meditation to facilitate telomerase functioning.

KEYWORDS:

Meditation; Meta-analysis; Mindfulness; Telomerase; Telomere

PMID:
24636500
DOI:
10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.12.017
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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