Yoga for Diabetes- Should You Opt For It?
Yoga for Diabetes
Yoga for diabetes has been among the widely used treatments for diabetes at present. There are those who have attested to the efficacy of indulging in yoga to treat the disease. On the other hand, there are also those who are quite hesitant to try it out.
According to Rodale, as more and more people develop diabetes, they’ve started turning to complementary and alternative therapies, such as yoga, to treat the disorder, but not all those therapies work. A study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine last year analyzed all the available research looking at yoga’s influence on diabetes and complications of diabetes (for instance, kidney problems and high blood pressure) and found that, although not enough evidence exists to support the idea that yoga leads to long-term improvements, the authors did find that regular yoga practice led to short-term improvements in fasting glucose and cholesterol levels.
That’s not surprising, says Patricia M. Hansen, a certified Ayurvedic practitioner and lifestyle consultant in Denver who sits on the advisory board of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. “Yoga stimulates the organs, and that improves metabolic activities,” she says. “That’s going to make a person’s metabolism function more efficiently.”
If you’ve developed type 2 diabetes, yoga is definitely worth a shot, says Hansen. “While there is no one magical asana [yoga pose], there are many that would stabilize the digestion, absorption, and proper elimination in the body,” she says. But it’s best to find a certified yoga instructor in your area (you can find one online at www.yogaalliance.org) and tell them about your condition as some poses can be harmful for people with diabetes; for instance, poses that involve crossing the legs may constrict blood flow to the legs and feet. “Any protocol for someone with diabetes must be personalized,” she says. “Each person is a unique book that must be read and responded to on an individual basis.”
Based on what Rodale has published, yoga can be a good option for you if you suffer from diabetes. This was further highlighted by Healthy Ojas, they stated that, yoga can normalize (not lower, which may lead to hypoglycemia) blood-glucose level by gently massaging as well as stimulates the internal organs responsible for the carbohydrate metabolism.
Some diabetes yoga is difficult to perform and need an expert to guide. Diabetes yoga stimulates, normalizes endocrine (glandular-system) that releases hormones into general circulation. Endocrine glands include the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, thymus, adrenals, pancreas, and sex glands (ovaries and testes).
Most of the diabetes yoga is bending-pose that gently compresses the organs beneath the abdomen – stomach, intestine, liver, and pancreas. This makes the organ to start functioning as expected, thus blood glucose keeps at its normal level
You might just like to consider opting for yoga to treat diabetes. Make sure that you consult your physician first before starting so that you can be assured that your body is ready for it.