Yoga for Diabetes

“Together we can stop diabetes”

diabetesDiabetes is a life style related condition due to an imbalance of the body. In daily routine with balance diet and 60 mins phyical yoga practice in the morning and 30 minutes pranayama and meditation in the evening, we can control our diabetes.

Diabetic mellitus is a metabolic disorder characterized by increased concentration of glucose in the blood due to absolute or relative deficiency of insulin. Diabetes Mellitus(DM) literally means “sweet urine”.

Metabolism is a biological process by which digested food material is made available for growth and energy. Most of the food we eat is broken down into glucose. Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body. After digestion, glucose is absorbed in the bloodstream, where cells use it for energy and growth. Insulin is required by the cells to utilize the glucose in the body. Insulin is a hormone produce by the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach.

When the food is taken, a part of it converted into glucose and mixed with blood. Pancreas is stimulated to secrete the right amount of insulin to carry glucose from blood to the cells. In case of diabetes mellitus, either insulin secretion from the pancreas in disturbed or its utilization by the cells. As a result, glucose cannot be utilized by the body but remains in the blood, lead to hyperglycaemia (increased concentration of glucose in the blood). The excess glucose in the blood is excreted through the kidneys leading to Glycosuria.

Type 1 diabetes mellitus- Insulin Dependent Diabetes mellitus(IDDM) Juvenile onset.

  • The insulin administration is compulsory
  • It can occur at any age mostly in younger age
  • It occurs due to an absolute or relative deficiency of insulin because of malfunctioning of beta cells of the pancreas

The causative factors are:

  • Genetic factors
  • Environmental factors- Diet, Stress, Viruses Infecting the pancreas

Type 2 diabetes mellitus- Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM) Maturity Onset.

  • This type is more common
  • Occurs after age of 40
  • Here additional insulin is not required
  • The hormone insulin may be normal or even above normal.

It occurs due to inability of the cells to utilize the insulin because of impaired functioning of their receptors as a condition called insulin resistance. The results is the same as that of type 1 Diabetes mellitus -glucose builds up the blood and the body cannot make efficient use of its main source of fuel. It usually occurs in middle-aged and elderly individuals.

The causative factors are:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood triglyceride(fat) levels
  • Gestational diabetes
  • High alcohol intake
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity or overweight

Yogic Management and diabetes Mellitus

  • Yoga is suited for both types of DM.
  • In IDDM, Asanas help to prevent and increase insulin requirement.
  • In NIDDM, asanas help to normalize blood sugar due to high intensity workout.
  • In the initial stage the patient can start yoga practice without stopping the medicine or injections
  • After practicing yoga, you can gradually reduce taking medicines with the consultation of the physicians.
  • Regular yoga practice helps to increase glucose utilisation.
  • It also helps to attain ideal body weight. It develops stamina and provides a sense of well-being.

Diet in Diabetes Mellitus:

  • Diet plays an important role in the management of Diabetes as it exerts a direct influence on the blood glucose level. The goal of diet therapy is to maintain and prolong a healthy, productive and happy life.

Prevent Diabetes by encouraging the diabetic patient to:

  • Do yoga daily.
  • Maintaining ideal body weight
  • Avoid excess sugar, salt and oily foods.
  • Take small bites and chew foods thoroughly
  • Eat protein rich food meals
  • Eat wisely at social gathering and restaurants
  • Avoid aerated and the alcoholic drinks
  • Avoid the use of tobacco and other harmful drugs
  • Avoid stress, enjoy a good music and have positive attitude towards life.


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