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The Importance Of Yoga In Diabetes Prevention

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Yoga can bring about a visible drop in fasting and postprandial sugar levels within just 10 days of regular Yoga practice. Consistent long term drop in sugar levels, significant fall in glycosylated hemoglobin and a significant fall in dosage of drugs. It can also reduce BMI, lower LDL and increase HDL. Practice on a regular basis to see good results.

Yoga has been found to have a therapeutic effect on Diabetes and other cardio-metabolic conditions. Most researches have been done in India and a few abroad. There have been some practice related findings which are important to note before we dwell into the benefits of Yoga for the mentioned conditions.

There are certain conditions to be met for Yoga to be very effective as therapy and to reduce or eliminate dependence on drugs and insulin. If these are met, then the results are dramatic. If these conditions are not followed then there is marginal.

Important Conditions

– Practice of 45 minutes per day for at least 5 days a week for 45 days and above is essential. The benefits start becoming long lasting after regular practice of 6 months and more. Regularity and sincerity is the key.
– Dietary habits play an important role. One cannot have incorrect diet and lifestyle patterns and expect to benefit much.
– Many patients or participants want a social context to the practice. If they are practicing in a group and allowed to interact, they become more regular. Regularity also improves through interaction and engagement by the Institute and teachers. Once the habit is created, individuals can then practice on their own.
– The premises where you practice should be quiet and more attuned to Yoga practice.

Impact of Yoga on Diabetes

There are multiple scientific studies done and many sources available which have documented the beneficial effects of Yoga. There are also specific scientific studies done which separately show the impact of asanas and pranayama as well. The benefits are summarized as below:

– Visible drop in fasting and post prandial sugar levels withing just 10-15 days of regular Yoga practice.
– Consistent long term drop in sugar levels for those who practice for over a year. Drop in fasting and post prandial sugar levels range from 20% to as high as 50%.
– Significant fall in glycosylated hemoglobin and also a significant fall in dosage of drugs.
– Reduction in fasting insulin levels and normalization of I/G ratio suggesting better peripheral utilization of insulin.
– At the end of four weeks of regular practice, there was a significant increase in insulin receptors, indicating better insulin sensitivity and lower insulin resistance.
– Regular practice in many cases has been found to increase insulin production by stimulating the pancreas.
– Reduced incidence of both, Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia.
– Lower incidences of ketoacidosis.
– Lung function improves significantly even compared to exercising.
– Improvement in cell mediated immunity.
– One of the major problems from long term diabetes is nerve damage due to constant high sugar levels in the body. A study conducted at GTB Hospital in Delhi has clearly shown improvement in nerve impulse and nerve function for diabetics practicing Yoga vis-a-vis a deterioration for those who did not practice.
– Significantly better blood sugar control and pulmonary response has also been observed in cases of Type A diabetes and IDDM.

Other Benefits to Individuals

– Reduced BMI, reduced weight to hip ratio and increase in lean body mass.
– Improvement in lipid profile through lowering of LDL, increase in HDL and total lowering of cholesterol and triglycerides.
– Significant drop in co-morbid conditions, especially hypertension.

Impact of Yoga on Diabetes Prevention

1) There is a reduction in free fatty acid which reduces lipotoxicity.
2) Significant improvement in beta cell functions and insulin kinetics.
3) Prevents beta cell exhaustion and beta-cell secretory defect.
4) All of the above help prevent Type – II Diabetes.

Conclusion

Yoga definitely helps in controlling and reducing diabetes. In border-line cases, it also can make an individual drug free over a period of time. It is useful in both types of diabetes across all age groups and also helps in reducing or managing co-morbid conditions. It is extremely useful in pre-diabetics and in prevention of Type 2 or Diabetes Mellitus.

The benefits start showing up from between 40 to 90 days of regular practice and long range benefits if practiced for over a year. However, the benefits seem to slow down, if the individual stops practice and reverts to the previous lifestyle.

Take our online yoga for diabetes plan and to improve, cure or prevent diabetes and enjoy all the sweet things in life.

Gaurang Chandarana
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Gaurang is the Founder of wellzee.com and is a certified Yoga teacher, dietitian, Counselor, Soft Skills trainer and Six Sigma Black Belt. He has had a long association with The Yoga Institute, Santacruz as a teacher & Kaivalyadham as a practitioner. He has taught, trained or counseled a few thousand individuals in the areas of disease management, health, lifestyle, stress and rehabilitation. In a previous avatar he had a long career in the Banking & Finance Sectors post his MBA.

Gaurang Chandarana
Star Expert

Gaurang is the Founder of wellzee.com and is a certified Yoga teacher, dietitian, Counselor, Soft Skills trainer and Six Sigma Black Belt. He has had a long association with The Yoga Institute, Santacruz as a teacher & Kaivalyadham as a practitioner. He has taught, trained or counseled a few thousand individuals in the areas of disease management, health, lifestyle, stress and rehabilitation. In a previous avatar he had a long career in the Banking & Finance Sectors post his MBA.

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Sumbal Ahmed
Sumbal Ahmed 5pts

Also if you can suggest yoga for thyroid again 50 plus age..would be really grateful \U0001f60a

Sumbal Ahmed
Sumbal Ahmed 5pts

If you can guide me where can I find that simple yoga, would be great help \U0001f60a

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Depends on many factors like health, fitness and so on. However, simple and easy yoga practice can be done! :) Sumbal Ahmed

Sumbal Ahmed
Sumbal Ahmed 5pts

Is it suitable for people aged above 50?

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

You can do it! keep practicing! :) Taran DeEp KaUr

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Keep trying as exercise is extremely important to keep diabetes under control! :) Patricia Milone McCain

Shaun Doran
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Bedi Bois
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Nanci Nelson
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Ryan Manka would u like to join me n Mayah?