Yoga Diabetes Case Study:
A Case Study in Yoga and Diabetes
show that up to five percent of the worlds population suffer from diabetes
in some form. In fact, an estimated 11 million people in Western Europe alone
are reported to be diabetics. And yoga has shown to offer beneficial results to
diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) is probably the most common form of diabetes found today
out of the many different ways in which diabetes presents itself. And NIDDM or
Type II diabetes is known as multi-factorial, dependent on environmental factors
as well, like obesity, sedentary lifestyles, and negative nutritional issues.
exercises that many prescribe for helping to heal diabetes are different from
basic yoga exercise style as it involves positions tailored to treat certain conditions,
as well as relaxation, meditation, and stretching exercises.
Yoga Biomedical Trust, founded in 1982 by biochemist Dr. Robin Monro and an Indian
yoga research foundation, discovered that if people practiced yoga for 30 minutes
a day for one full month, the activity helped reduce blood glucose levels in some
of the studies conducted to cure diabetes was the one set up where yoga patients
participated in one or two 90-minute weekly sessions for 12 weeks. Participants
worked out with certain yoga classes in their homes; including the bow, the spinal
twist and some abdominal breathing.
the close of the session, the participants blood sugar levels decreased
greatly across the board and were only somewhat elevated in the control group,
a group who had not participated in the yoga sessions. Notable also was that three
yoga students were even able to reduce their own medications theyd been
on, including a person who had been on the same drug regime for nearly 20 years.
medical science has known for quite awhile that exercise is very helpful for diabetics.
And the ability of yoga therapy to help lower stress levels may play a part in
maturity onset diabetes. However, some patients might find it hard to keep up
the regular sessions necessary to reap the full benefits. And many wouldnt
have the money needed for or means to get out to continuing yoga classes.
also that you do not need classes outside the home to put yoga into practice.
What are important are the techniques, the actual physical exercise itself and
the overall benefits both physically and mentally - from the stabilization
that yoga brings about. These are all factors that can help improve the health
of the diabetic.
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