Diabetes, also known as mother of all diseases, could be life threatening unless diagnosed and treated in time. It is the leading causes of many health problems severe and chronic. The secret lies in nipping it in the bud. There are numerous medicines and treatments for diabetes existing in the conventional system of medicine, however, they can control the blood sugar levels but not really cure diabetes. Yoga is an ancient system of exercise as well as cure for numerous health issues. It dates back to probably more than 5000 years ago. It is an effective tool in controlling blood sugar levels. It is a preventive as well as curative therapy.
What is Diabetes?
Doctors often refer to diabetes as diabetes mellitus. It is a condition in which person records high blood glucose i.e. blood sugar, either due to lack of insulin production or poor response to insulin by body’s cells. Insulin is a hormone produced by pancreas, which helps the glucose in the body to get absorbed by the blood cells, once the food we eat, is digested and converted into glucose. The condition is usually long-term. Diabetes is of following types
Type I: In this type, the body does not produce insulin.
Type II: The body does not produce enough insulin for proper functioning. It is the most common type affecting the majority of population.
Gestational: Occurs in females during pregnancy.
The symptoms of Diabetes are:
To keep the blood sugar levels under check, it is imperative to follow a healthy diet plan, exercise adequately and go for regular check- ups. Type I diabetics can live a healthy life following a healthy lifestyle with intake of required insulin dosage. For Type II diabetics physical activity dedicated to regulate the blood sugar levels along with the right eating plan and oral medication is essential. Blood sugar levels, both high and low, are not good. They are the primary cause for cardiovascular and blood pressure related problems. Here yoga comes across as a tool to prevent as well as cure this condition.
Yoga and Diabetes
Exercise is essential to keep us healthy. It helps keep all the systems function normally inside our body. Yoga as a form of exercise and as a therapy both is an amazing approaches to a healthy you and your holistic well-being. In diabetics or potential cases of diabetes, yoga in specific keeps the sugar levels under control by utilizing the glucose and reducing obesity. Yoga has following benefits to offer
- Keeps excess weight under check and reduces obesity.
- Rejuvenates the pancreas which release insulin to control the sugar levels in the blood.
- Helps regulate blood pressure.
- Takes care of the cardiovascular health.
- Controls cholesterol.
- Regulates and revitalizes the functioning of organs affected by diabetes.
- Improves digestion thereby improving circulation and immunity in the body.
- Activates Endocrine glands.
- Reduces stress.
- Supports physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and intellectual well being.
There are certain yogic exercises, which are extremely beneficial in potential as well as chronic cases of diabetes. As per Iyengar yoga, exercises, which bring stretch and twist in the region where pancreas is located i.e. behind the stomach, are good in these cases. These exercises increase the flow of blood to the pancreas thereby ensuring increased secretion of insulin.
The following yoga exercises are recommended for prevention and cure of diabetes:
- Pranayama- breathing exercises
- Surya namaskara (sun salutations)
- Dhanurasana (bow pose)
- Parvatasana (mountain pose)
- Bal asana (child pose)
Yoga attends to every aspect of our body’s health requirements. It is a very effective remedy for controlling the blood sugar levels in the body primarily resulting due to lifestyle and stress as in Type II diabetic cases. In general too, practicing yogic postures helps maintain the overall health and improves body’s immunity towards any illnesses including diabetes.