Diabetes is one of the most common diseases and a growing challenge worldwide given that according to the International Diabetes Federation, there are around 537 million people living with diabetes today - a number that is expected to grow to 700 million by 2045.
Several pieces of research have shown that Yoga is a cost-effective and a promising option in the treatment and prevention of diabetes as it helps in reducing the stress levels that result in a positive effect on blood glucose control.
High sugar levels increase your chances of serious health complications such as heart disease, which is why they should be avoided. Health experts insist that regular practice of Yoga can be beneficial in reversing the effects of diabetes. With the increasing benefits of the practice, there has been an ever-increasing majority of people following this practice as it can help you improve your balance, flexibility and strength.
Experts believe yoga is suitable for all ages, especially important for people having diabetes. It is effective in reversing diabetes and also prevents the disease from aggravating. On International Day of Yoga 2022, we discuss asanas and pranayama which have been especially discovered to be beneficial for people having diabetes.
Yoga helps in increasing the glucose uptake by muscular cells which results in complete exercising of the muscles. This results in low blood sugar levels and improved blood circulation resulting in a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Yoga can help you manage your weight. With obesity accounting for one of the major reasons for developing Type 2 Diabetes, weight management is crucial to protect yourself against type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Practising yoga on an everyday basis can increase your concentration, help you focus, and provide you with the right mental approach to deal with diabetes.
Practising pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Surya Namaskar improves medication adherence and leads to self-awareness, reflection, and an optimistic attitude towards change. Research suggests cleansing practices under Yoga such as Kapalbhati, Agnisar Kriya, Vaman Dhauti, and full Shankhaprakshalana, are effective in the management of diabetes.