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Type 2 Diabetes – Research Reveals Yoga Can Help Lower Blood Sugar Levels

Yoga is often recommended for people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes as a form of stress reduction and exercise. Scientists at Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences in Bidar, Karnataka, and several other research facilities in India performed an objective study to learn the benefits of yoga in treating this form of diabetes.

Their study, reported on in the Journal of Clinical Diagnostic Research in April 2015, compared 30 Type 2 diabetic males with 30 non-diabetic male participants, ranging in age from 36 to 55 years. All the participants were trained at a professional yoga clinic for six months. Their fasting and after meal blood sugar levels were measured three times…

  • at the start of the study,
  • after three months’ training, and
  • after six month’s training.

By the end of three months the participants with Type 2 diabetes showed significant lowering of their blood sugar levels, while the healthy controls showed slight lowering. By the end of six months the blood sugar levels in both groups were significantly lower than at the beginning of the study. From these results it was concluded yoga is definitely effective at lowering blood sugar levels.

Yoga is an Indian discipline for improving physical, mental, and emotional health. It was developed to improve relaxation, stress reduction, muscle tone, flexibility, and balance. Some studies have demonstrated reduced depression, anxiety, and chronic pain when yoga has been used along with medical therapy. Several poses are used along with pranayama, or breathing steadily through one’s nose, and meditation.

Various styles and types of yoga exist, but beginners often start with eight basic poses…

  • sitting cross-legged helps to reduce stress,
  • stretching like a cat for relieving back pain,
  • standing on one leg to improve balance,
  • tenting the body for flexibility,
  • fetal-like position for flexibility and relaxation,
  • baby bird pose for hip flexibility,
  • standing posture for shoulder evenness,
  • legs up against wall to rest legs.

A glance at the internet provides websites for many yoga centers and classes. Community centers frequently schedule classes on yoga: usually listed in their catalogs. Hospitals are another good source of yoga training programs. The International Yoga Registry lists qualified instructors in many countries.

Before beginning yoga classes discuss any health problems you might have with your doctor and the yoga instructor. Conditions such as high blood pressure, back problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many others contraindicates some poses. Anyone who has had recent surgery might have to forego certain stretching exercises until their wounds have healed. Also people diagnosed with vertigo should not perform balance exercises. Those are only a few examples, so plan ahead with your healthcare advisor and yoga instructor.

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