Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 9-9-2015

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There’s a YouTube channel called Glucose Meter Duo that delivers diabetes news with quite a bit of humor. You’ll laugh at least a few times when you see this segment…

Humor is a neglected strategy in health, but it can reduce fears and stress and create more effective health care teams according to researchers in Canada at the Hamilton General Hospital. How much humor are you getting in your life each day?

In another study on humor, the researchers confirmed humor therapy decreased agitation in elderly residents of a Sydney Australia Nursing Home and increased their happiness.

Seems like a no-brainer! Did they do the research so we could say laughter is evidence-based? And are there people out there – other than scientists – who have to have evidence?

Oczkowski, S. Virtuous laughter: we should teach medical learners the art of humor. Crit Care 2015 May 11; 19:  222.
Low, L.F., et al. The effects of humor therapy on nursing home residents measured using observational methods: The SMILE cluster randomized trial. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2014 Aug; 15(8): 564-9.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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