Yoga keeps diabetes under control

By ThinkNaturalToday Bureau

April 8, 2015: Yoga is very beneficial for those who suffer from diabetes because it improves the metabolic activities as the chemical transformation within the body cells get carried out in a more efficient manner. In diabetes, due to the lack of the production of insulin by the pancreas or cell responses to insulin, a complex condition of metabolic imbalance occurs involving the regulation and the utilization of the insulin and glucose in the body.

A study published in the journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2014, analyzed the influence of yoga on diabetes and also various complications caused due to diabetes like kidney problem, high blood pressure. The study found that practicing regular yoga provides with a short-term improvement in glucose and cholesterol level. This study, conducted by Marshall Govindan and Dr Emila RipllBunn also found out that direct stimulation of the pancreas by certain yoga postures rejuvenate the pancreas for insulin production.

Some yoga asanas help to balance the functioning of the endocrine system, massages and tones the abdominal organs pancreas and liver. This stimulates the circulation and the nervous system, which helps to control diabetes.

Yoga asanas also help to harmonize the body, mind and breath, which contributes to the improvement of overall health of an individual. By doing asanas the optimal secretion of the endocrine glands assists the insulin in our body to be effectively used.

Studies have pointed out that by performing certain asanas like Ardha Matsyendrasana, a half-twisted pose combined with that of Dhanurasana or posing like a bow, a twisted pose or Vakrasana, the Matsyendrasana or half-spinal twist, Halasana that is plough pose, squeeze and compress the abdomen and stimulates the secretions of the pancreas or hormonal secretions. This results in more insulin pushed into the system, producing beta cells for those suffering from Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Exercise vs asanas

A research conducted in Washington by S A Ramaiah compared the various effects of doing exercises like walking, jogging or treadmill, and static cycling exercise with that of asanas such as Upavishta Bakasana or sitting like a crane, Bakasana or standing crane and also Dhanurasana. It revealed that asanas turned out to be more effective to help and stimulate the hormonal secretion of the pancreas and to rejuvenate its capacity to produce more insulin. Further, it also strengthened the back muscles that enhance toning of abdominal viscera, including the muscles and the internal organs. The balancing act in Bakasana develops the interaction between the pituitary gland and the pancreas.

Breathing exercise

Besides doing asanas, various breathing exercises especially anulom vilom or alternate nostril breathing and Kapalbatti, that is one-time breathe in and breathe out, 30-50 times very quickly, is quite beneficial. Anulom vilom is useful for diabetes and has a calming effect on the nervous system, and controls the stress levels that to help treatment of diabetes.

Kapalbhatti stimulates the pancreas for the release of insulin that helps to control diabetes. Pranayam calms the mind, balancing the interaction between the pituitary gland and the pancreas. Kapalabhati asana with Nauli Kriya for the pressure manipulations and isolation of abdominal-recti muscles also helps control blood sugar. The basic metabolic rate (BMR) is controlled by these asanas that helps to stabilize the sugar levels.

Once you are over with these asanas daily, always relax in shavasana or lying flat on the ground that actually cool off the body. These practices should be followed with a yogic diet full of high in fiber, including whole grains, legumes and vegetables complement in the regime. This helps to lose the excess weight and thus controls the blood sugar level.

It is recommended that while performing these asanas the glucose level needs to be monitored under a physician?s supervision. Always practice yoga in the morning and evening for better results.


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