ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: EFFECTIVENESS OF LAUGHTER THERAPY VERSUS HUMOUR THERAPY ON BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVEL AMONG INDIVIDUALS DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES MELLITUS
Article Category: Original Research articles
Author: P. Walter Jaisingh *, S. Vijayalakshmi, R. Vijayaraghavan
Abstract: Diabetes mellitus is a common non-communicable health problem, globally and in India. Due to increasing urbanization, dietary changes, reduced physical activity and other unhealthy lifestyle and behavioral patterns, the prevalence is increasing. The aim of the study is to find out the effectiveness of laughter therapy versus humour therapy on blood glucose levels among individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Bengaluru. A true experimental design was used and by simple random sampling allocating 50in control group, 50 in experimental group I (laughter therapy) and 50 in experimental group II (humour therapy). The pretest and post test level of fasting blood sugar (FBS), post prandial blood sugar (PPBS) was assessed by glucometer. The posttest mean score of fasting blood sugar in group I was 132.4 ± 2.1, group II was 122.1 ± 2.1 and control group was 194.1 ± 2.4 mg/dl. The posttest means score of post prandial blood sugar in group I was 220.5 ± 4.1, group II was 185.1 ± 4.6 and control group was 295.5 ± 5.1 mg/dl. The study has proved that laughter and humour therapy are an effective complementary and preventive therapy in reducing blood glucose levels. Therefore, it contributes to long-term regulation of type 2 diabetes. The humour therapy was better than laughter therapy as it stimulates the whole-body system.
Keyword: type 2 diabetes, laughter therapy, humor therapy