Yoga For Diabetes:
Yoga helps reduce high blood pressure along with blood sugar levels. Daily yoga exercises help reduce the symptoms of diabetes and blood pressure. Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle problem, which can lead to complications. Stress, unhealthy diet and poor fitness are some of the causes of diabetes.
How Yoga Can Help Fight Diabetes
– Regular yoga practice can help reduce blood sugar, along with lowering blood pressure, maintaining weight control, reducing symptoms and decreasing the rate of progression of diabetes, as well as decreasing the severity of other complications. Let's see how.
– As for most lifestyle diseases, stress is one of the main reasons for diabetes. It increases the secretion of glucagon hormones in the body, responsible for raising blood glucose levels. The consistent practice of yoga asanas (body postures), pranayamas (breathing exercises) and a few minutes of daily meditation can help reduce stress on the mind and body. This, in turn, reduces glucagon and may also help improve the action of insulin.
– The practice of yoga has also been shown to reduce weight as well as control weight gain, which is particularly important to keep diabetes in check. Greeting and Kapal Bhati pranayama are one of the best ways to lose weight.
– Diabetes can also get worse with the onset of high blood pressure, or hypertension. Yoga asanas such as corpse posture, bridge posture, child's posture and Nidra yoga are useful for controlling hypertension.
– Other yoga postures that are useful in diabetes include Vajrasana (kneeling attitude), Shoulder Support, Plow Posture, Lying Body Torsion, Bow Posture, Two Leg Legs Forward and Torsion of Half Spines.
– Nadi Shodhan Pranayama is also good for diabetics. Helps relieve stress and eliminate toxins from the body. Another excellent technique for combating diabetes is a unique breathing technique, Sudarshan Kriya, designed by Sri Sri Rav Shankar. It has helped several diabetics around the world to reduce blood glucose levels and control their worsening condition. You can learn the technique in an Art of Living Part-1 program.
– A few minutes of regular meditation practice also acts as an excellent buster stress for the mind and body. Interestingly, while stress is the main cause of diabetes, the condition in turn results in patients getting very prominent on it, which further aggravates the problem. It has also been observed that most diabetics lose confidence in themselves and end up meditating on their condition. This is where meditation can help – restore your confidence levels so that you gain the strength to fight against the condition and live well.
– Sweets cravings is a common occurrence in diabetes. Regular practice of meditation can help to drop such cravings to a large extent
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