Yoga has been a popular practice for hundreds of years. Countless people find yoga to be beneficial for their health as it is also a type of exercise, it is known to reduce stress. But, can it also help with diabetes? According to a review published in September 2018 in Endocrinology and Metabolism, yoga can help reduce stress and manage the condition. Certain yoga poses help in lowering blood pressure and blood sugar levels while improving circulation at the same time, leading experts to believe yoga as a great tool for diabetes management!
Research shows that yoga can help improve your overall quality of life along with managing symptoms of diabetes! A study published in the International Journal of Yoga found that a group of 90 people that took part in the 90-day study, 70 percent were less stressed and worried about living with diabetes, and were also more confident in their physical abilities after practicing yoga regularly. Here are some yoga poses that might be beneficial for your condition:
Ardha Vakrasana, also known as the half spinal twist pose, is a gentle twisting pose of the upper body while the lower part of the body is being stretched. This pose stimulates all organs and glands around the waist and abdomen area and also the sexual organs. It is also great for relieving constipation, backaches, and spinal disorders.
Dhanurasana or bow pose is excellent for activating the glands of the endocrinal system. Dhunurasana helps in improving the functions of the pancreas, which is particularly important for people with diabetes. It has also been proved to benefit patients with thyroid, stomach ailments, and for people who wish to lose weight.
Uttanpadasana or raised-leg pose is done laying on your back and can be done one leg at a time or raising both at the same time. This pose corrects disorders of the pancreas, as well as internal and external abdominal muscles. It can also have great effects on constipation, indigestion, and intestinal disorders. It activates the entire nervous system and energizes inner cells.
Translated to shoulder stand, Sarvangasana is an excellent pose for controlling and treating diabetes as it massages the internal organs, which then activates the glandular-system. It also increases blood circulation, is good for metabolism, increasing energy, and regulating the thyroid glands.
Kapalbhati, popularly known as fire breath is a pranayama exercise that helps cure and control diabetes when practiced regularly. It improves the strength and function of the pancreas and regenerates its beta cells. Kapalbhati is known to lower sugar levels almost immediately!
Yoga not only increases blood supply throughout the body, improving insulin administration but also builds muscles and reduces stress; key things that are essential if you live with type 1 diabetes. Although, the American Heart Association (AHA) lists a number of reasons why yoga is good for health, including heart health; it is advisable for you to consult your Yoga instructor or your doctor before you start practicing.