Transcendental meditation apparently reduces the death rate among the elderly and prolongs life, according to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology.
Researchers studied 203 men and women with an average age of 71 and a control group, all with slightly elevated blood pressures.
The study group participated in a transcendental meditation program, muscle relaxation, behavioral techniques and health education, over an 18-year period -- and boy, did the meditation help.
The transcendental meditation group had a 23 percent reduction in death from all causes, a 30 percent reduction in deaths from cardiovascular diseases and a 49 percent reduction in the death rate from cancer.
Well, meditation reduces the risk factors for diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke and even hardening of the arteries.
Short-term reduction in risk factors apparently leads to a longer, healthier life.