By Dr Vedamurthachar A
Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that develops when the body cannot produce or use insulin which helps move glucose from the blood into the cells of our body.
Diabetes cannot be cured but can well be managed and one can lead a normal life. Diabetes management includes proper diet, regular exercise, medication, love and intimacy, and stress-free life.
The stress plays a key role in the diabetes treatment. When we were stressed, our blood glucose levels increase which leads to serious complications such as heart disease and eye problems. Yoga is an ancient technique for body-mind integration which can reduce stress related hyperglycemia and has positive effect on blood glucose control and improves blood circulation. For those with diabetes or pre-diabetes, yoga practice in addition to other healthy lifestyle habits can provide relief and even help them overcome the condition.
Studies suggest that yoga practice can lead to improvements in glucose and cholesterol levels. Yoga stimulates the organs that improve metabolic activities and would stabilise digestion, absorption, and proper elimination in the body. Asanas, breathing and meditation techniques can trigger a relaxation response which helps to regulate cortisol and other stress hormones which control blood pressure and blood glucose levels.
Regular practice of certain yoga postures and breathing exercises can improve blood circulation and stimulate the production of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Yoga practice can also reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
(The writer is the Director, Living Well programmes, Art of Living International Campus, Bangalore.)
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