Yoga for Diabetes

There are two types of diabetes.

Type 1, which used to be called juvenile diabetes, is when the body does not produce insulin.  Only 5% of people with diabetes are type 1.

Type 2, which used to be called adult-onset diabetes, is when the body does not produce enough insulin for proper function.  This develops most often in middle-aged and older people.  People who are overweight and inactive.  Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are of this type.

Yoga can effectively control diabetes, because yoga can reduce levels of stress, enhance mobility, lower blood pressure, promote weight loss and improve overall well-being.  Stress management is one of the keys of diabetes treatment.  When we’re stressed, our blood sugar levels increase and elevated blood sugar levels.  Certain yoga poses aid relaxation, stimulates and massage internal organs, including the pancreas, which produces insulin.

For Example:

– Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)

– Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

– Dhanurasa (Bow Pose)

– Sukhasana (Easy Pose)

– Surya Namaskar

Pranayama is another breathing exercise in yoga that will help you to rejuvenate all your vital body organs.  Using controlled breathing technique will lead to a deep sense of relaxation and sufficient supply of oxygen to the body.  

Yoga being proposed as an important part of a diabetes exercise program.  Regular yoga practice can decrease fasting blood glucose levels, stabilize blood sugar, lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and triglycerides, reduce the need for diabetes medication, and lower stress hormone level.

Practiing yoga on a regular basis will not only help you to control your diabetic condition, but will also lead to an overall good health and well-being.  You will be able to attain a good physical as well mental health and will remain happy and cheerful throughout the day.

Clare K.

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