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Laughercise: Health Benefits Similar to Exercise Lowers Cholesterol and Systolic Blood Pressure

Poster Session X - Board: X-140
Sunday, May 24, 2009, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Lee S. Berk
Loma Linda University

Michelle Prowse
Loma Linda University

Jerrold S. Petrofsky
Loma Linda University

Jennifer Batt
Azusa Pacific University

Michael Laymon
Azusa Pacific University

Gurinder S. Bains
Loma Linda University

Noha Daher
Loma Linda University

Dottie Berk
Loma Linda University Medical Center

We have demonstrated that repetitious laughter (Laughercise) can lower total cholesterol and systolic blood pressure. This may have clinical relevance as Laughercise could be a complimentary behavior to exercise itself. Future research will determine whether regular laughter sessions - “Laughercising”- can optimize these and other health risk factors similar to exercise.

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