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How Yoga Can Help You Cope with Diabetes

Updated on December 26, 2015

Yoga for Diabetes

Yoga for Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a frightening health disorder. It is estimated to affect around twenty million people in the United States alone, and a hundred million more people worldwide. Diabetes is an ailment that affects everyone, regardless of age, sex, religion or ethnic descent. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that from 1990 to 1998, the numbers of people affected by diabetes shot up by 33 percent. While the current prospects may look bleak, health experts and wellness advocates however see a ray of hope in the horizon, since there are a number of alternative therapies for controlling blood sugar and warding off the negative consequences of diabetes. One of the alternative techniques for treating diabetes is yoga. This article explains how yoga can help in the treatment of diabetes, as well as in preventing its onset.

Yoga for Diabetes

Diabetes Can Be Controlled By Adopting A Healthy Lifestyle

Yoga is a centuries-old practice, which aims to overall improve the individual’s body and mind. A number of health studies have indicated that diabetes can be controlled and effectively managed by adopting a healthy lifestyle, exercise, diet, as well as by practicing yoga. Just what exactly causes diabetes? In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin, which is a hormone that breaks down blood sugar in the body. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas manufactures just the right amount of insulin, however the fails to effectively respond to it.

How Yoga Can Help Stimulate Insulin Production

A number of yoga advocates agree that yoga’s different poses and exercises can do a great deal in stimulating the pancreas, to produce the right amount of insulin. And yoga just doesn’t stimulate the pancreas, but all the other vital body systems as well, to effectively create a harmonious balance in the body. Since diabetes deals or has got something to do with carbohydrate metabolism, yogic movements such as chamjan, which refers to the yogic form of walking that involves deep breathing and mantra, can do a lot in enhancing the body’s metabolism. Yoga is but just one of the major components of treating diabetes; however it surely offers a great deal in rejuvenating the person’s body and mind, in order to allow the person to stay healthy and in good spirits.

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Exercise Plays A Major Role In Diabetes Treatment

A recent report made by the New England Journal of Medicine has reported that exercise plays a crucial role in the treatment of diabetes. Exercise helps to increase insulin sensitivity, and also does wonders when it comes to reducing blood sugar levels too. The New England Journal of Medicine also added that those who are at a higher risk of contracting type 2 diabetes can reduce their chances of getting it by 58 percent, if they are able to lose at least 10 pounds, adopt a healthy diet and do a lot of exercise. Some South Asian and European studies have also indicated that yoga does a great deal when it comes to reducing blood sugar levels, because yoga offers an array of unique exercises, rhythmic breathing and meditation work, which help in stimulating the pancreas as well as in producing more insulin.

Effective Yoga Exercises For Diabetics

Long-time yoga adherents say that the Surya Namaska, or the Sun Salutation, is among the most effective forms of yoga for controlling blood sugar and improving the overall well-being of diabetic patients. The Sun Salutation exercises work well towards increasing the supply of blood to different areas of the body, and  also improves the production and absorption of insulin. A number of poses and asanas are used with the Sun Salutation, and these need to be repeated at least four rounds per minute, so that the diabetic will be able to get all the maximum benefits.

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Yoga Exercises Ease Muscle Tension, And Shape The Body Too

Yoga exercises are best known for helping improve body contour and flexibility. The different yoga poses and exercise routines improve posture, flexibility and are also good at keeping the body’s blood vessels elastic and in fine form. If combined with relaxation, rhythmic breathing and meditation work, these exercises offer positive benefits to the body’s reproductive, endocrine and digestive system, as well as promote healthy blood flow. The exercises also help to teach the individual how to relax and channel his or her energies into something positive and peaceful. With constant application, these exercises allow the individual to connect with his inner self, and effectively deal with stress and tension. Meditating also helps the person to strike a perfect balance between his mind and body, allowing him to strengthen his immune system, so that he will be well-equipped to ward off any infection or disease.

Diabetes and Yoga

Build Up Your Willpower Through Yoga

Yoga has been around for an estimated three thousand years. It’s the practice of enabling the body to rise up from all worldly ills, and frees the soul from the endless cycle of death and rebirth. Yoga does more than just heal the body and treat conventional illnesses, because it also sharpens concentration and shores up a person’ willpower. The different yoga techniques allow the individual to focus on such aspects as smooth rhythmic breathing, to develop his concentration, as well as channel his positive thoughts into action. Yoga’s breathing and meditation techniques also allow the person to react properly to harmful stress reactions, to enable him to conserve his energy and remain positive despite the overflowing stresses of daily life.

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    LukeMac 5 years ago

    Alot of GREAT points made in this article! There are so many different benefits of yoga I sometimes wonder why everyone doesnt practice it.

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    mantra yoga 7 years ago

    Thanks! This is such a great hub. One can really see that yoga is indeed beneficial for one's health.

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    Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

    I'm type 2 and this hub is very informative and useful. Bookmark this for all the future benefits it will surely bring for me especially the yoga exercises. The directions are clear and easy to follow. Great hub, TheresaAnn. Voted up.

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    jaishe 8 years ago from S.India

    Very good hub.