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POSING FOR HEALTH : YOGA FOR DIABETES

As per the World Health Organization, about 422 million people across the globe were battling diabetes in the year 2014, more than three times the number in 1980 (108 million). An increasingly prevalent condition, the management of diabetes is not only a science but also an art. The medications form the scientific aspect of the blood sugar control; the art comes into the picture in the form of diet control and yoga. If you are already tackling diabetes, bring yoga on your side and keep your worries aside.

Pose for health

The ancient proverb ‘old is gold’ is applicable to the importance of yoga in human life. The yoga tradition was found by a Rigvedic deity known as Hiranyagarbha; thus, Rigveda is the true origin of yoga. The origin of yoga can be dated back to 2700 B.C.

We are all well aware of the positive impact of yoga on stress management and its beneficial effects on the nervous and circulatory system. But have you ever thought that yoga could also help in controlling your blood sugar? Yoga can assist you in sugar control in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Research published by the American Diabetes Association indicates that when yoga is used in combination with the standard therapies, better results are obtained as compared to the standard treatment alone. The three important risk factors that cause diabetes are – obesity, lack of physical activity, and stress. Yoga can effectively help control all of these.

Yoga aids in treating diabetes faster and better when used along with standard treatment:

  • Various yogasanas, pranayamas, and meditation can tackle the stress, which in turn help reduce the hormone glucagon in the blood. Excessive glucagon is responsible for hyperglycemia, i.e., high blood sugar. Meditation can also helps reduce the craving for sweets that is commonly seen among people with diabetes.
  • The Sun salutation (suryanamaskar) asana and Kapal bhati pranayama can help reduce excess body weight, thereby helping manage diabetes. They also improve blood circulation and stimulate abdominal organs toward optimum performance.
  • High blood pressure is known to worsen high blood sugar. Yogasanas like the corpse pose (savasana), child pose (balasana), bridge pose (setu bandhasana), and yoga nidra assist in controlling hypertension and thus, diabetes.
  • Nadi shodhan pranayama, another beneficial yoga pose, helps relieves stress as well as eliminate toxins from the body.
  • The impairment of the enzymes catalase, superoxide dismutase, and glutathione is observed in individuals with diabetes. Sudarshan kriya is an excellent breathing technique that manages the impaired enzymes in people with diabetes by increasing the level of the enzymes.
  • The kneeling pose (vajrasana), plough pose (halasana), bow posture (dhanurasana), shoulder stand (sarvangasana), sitting half-spinal twist (ardha matsyendrasana), and lying down body twist (supta matsyendrasana) are some other poses of yoga that can help reduce excess blood sugar.

Yoga poses stretch the muscles and tendons and invigorate blood circulation to various organs with different poses. The enhanced blood circulation helps boost metabolism and reduces the build-up of metabolic waste products that are detrimental to health. This cleansing action improves the functioning of the organs. Yoga, pranayama, and meditation also makes our mind stress free, thus giving us a healthy mind in a healthy body.

So get ready, it’s time to pose not just for the social media, but for health too!

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