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Control Diabetes With Yoga

Control Diabetes With Yoga

Regular physical activity is one of the most effective tools in diabetes management . Exercise can lower your blood glucose (also called blood sugar), blood pressure, and bad cholesterol while increasing your good cholesterol. It improves your bodys ability to use insulin and contributes to weight loss which might allow you to decrease the amount of medication you need. Exercise also lowers your risk of heart disease and stroke. When you exercise regularly, you have more energy, less stress, and a clearer mind. But if you are like many people despite all the health benefits, the thought of exercise brings back memories of the hundreds of jumping jacks, pushups, laps and other calisthenics you were forced to do in school. Those sweaty classes were often among the most dreaded. The good news is you have options. Exercise is any physical activity that gets your body moving above a resting level. Yoga can be a beneficial, less strenuous and more pleasurable, exercise experience for people with diabetes. There are four categories of exercise recommended for people with diabetes aerobic exercise, strength training, stretching and being active every day. Aerobic exercise is an exercise that increases your heart rate and your rate of breathing. When you exercise aerobically your body uses oxygen as it breaks down fat and glucose for energy. Yoga is not generally considered aerobic exercisethough some power yoga sessions will work up a sweat, says registered yoga teacher Tamara Jeffries, RYT-200.Yoga is a type of stretching and should be done in combination with aerobic exercise and strength training. Continue reading >>

Yoga Helpful For Diabetes

Yoga Helpful For Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association published a 2011 study showing yoga helpful for diabetes (type 2). The study concluded that yoga can be used as an effective therapy in reducing oxidative stress in type 2 diabetes and that yoga in addition to standard care helps reduce BMI and improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetic patients. The study states, In comparison with standard care alone, yoga resulted in significant reduction in BMI [Body Mass Index], glycemic control, and malondialdehyde [a biomarker for oxidative stress thought to be responsible for insulin resistance and associated clinical conditions such as atherosclerosis, microvascular complications, and neuropathy], and increase in glutathione [a powerful antioxidant] and vitamin C. Edmond, Oklahoma massage therapist Brook Williams was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age two and has personally found yoga helpful for diabetes. I have found that my circulation increases with yoga, Brook says. It helps to keep blood sugar levels at a better rate lower than usual. An article in Mens Health Magazine, Yoga for Diabetes , states, It is one of few exercises that sets the entire body in motion with the breath, circulating the blood through parts of the body that might otherwise go unused in our day-to-day routine. If you are considering adding yoga to better balance your blood sugar levels, here are a few tips. 1. Start slowly and listen to your breath. The breath tells you where you are if you are breathing fluidly, you can push a little further into a pose if you feel like it. If the breath is hard to catch or choppy, your body is asking for mercy. Show compassion to yourself and back off a bit. 2. Practice easy seated twists with Ujjayi breathing to increase circulation in the pancreas. When we use Ujjayi breath, w Continue reading >>

Yoga And Diabetes Yoga For Diabetes

Yoga And Diabetes Yoga For Diabetes

Today is World Diabetes Day and Im in Atlanta right now which for me is one of my homes away from home. I used to come here every vacation to be with my grandparents. My grandparents have long since passed but my family is still here. Its been really special to reconnect with them and feel their support. Last night while our extended family gathered around the dinner table one of my cousins told me she ran into a friend who had type 1 diabetes. She told him about me and how I was touring the country to promote my book . She thought hed be super enthusiastic about my project, but his reply stunned her, Isnt yoga good for everything? Whats so special about yoga for diabetes? His question isnt new and I have to admit its been a challenge to address this on the tour. Why come to a specific class on yoga for diabetes? Why even buy a book on the subject? Yes, yoga is great for everybody and there are no restrictions to practicing if you live with diabetes. But Yoga isnt cookie cutter. You might think youdbenefit from a yoga class, but if the style isnt right for your constitution you could be increasing cortisol and inflammation. Understanding that there is a yoga thats right for you is the key. Thats why whenever I want to individualize my practice and manage my health better I turn to the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda. Ayurveda means the science of life and its been working with health and wellbeing for over 4,000 years. Rather than seeing Diabetes as Type 1 or 2, Ayurveda looks at the way that diabetes is manifesting in the organs and tissues of the body. As such, It is seen as a condition of excess or depletion. Once the quality of the condition is assessed then the appropriate treatment is given. If you are dealing with depletion, lack of energy, digestive issues, in Continue reading >>

Yoga And Diabetes – How Yoga Impacts My Blood Sugar

Yoga And Diabetes – How Yoga Impacts My Blood Sugar

I decided to take a yoga class earlier this month, thinking it would be a great way to de-stress before I travelled to Sacramento to compete in my fitness competition and because one of the benefits of yoga is supposedly that it is a great match for diabetes. I definitely felt more relaxed afterward, but boy is yoga hot and hard work! I have tried yoga before at my regular gym, but this time, I chose to take a Bikram Yoga class at a local studio nearby that offers Sunday community classes for only $5. It’s a 90-minute class and takes you through the 26 different Bikram poses in a heated room. I liked the idea of a heated room, since I tend to get cold really easily, but I found that it also meant that I was sweating profusely even before class started. To say that my clothing and towel was drenched after the class would be an understatement. What I like about yoga is that you spend 60-90 min focusing on your breathing, stretching, and, in this case, sweating. The benefits of yoga are supposed to be great, and I have plenty of friends who practice yoga on a regular basis and they look and feel great. The primary benefits of yoga that lured me were the increased flexibility (something I really should be working on) and the sense of relaxation afterwards. I don’t see it as an alternative to cardio or resistance training, but as a nice addition. That’s also the reason why it hasn’t been a regular part of my daily routine. I simply don’t have the time to include yoga, because I prioritize resistance training (and I still believe resistance training is the superior choice if you only have time for one type of training). How Bikram Yoga impacted my blood sugar The whole setting was a little unnerving for me because I couldn’t rely on all the senses I usually rely o Continue reading >>

Yoga Allowed Me To Give Up On Diabetes Perfection

Yoga Allowed Me To Give Up On Diabetes Perfection

Yoga Allowed Me to Give Up on Diabetes Perfection How yoga helped one woman to embrace the unknowns that come with daily blood sugar management. When I started practicing yoga at 17, I couldnt budge this nagging feeling that something wasnt quite right, but it took decades until I could put my finger on it. At first the doctors thought I was pre-diabetic because my levels were just out of range. I just assumed that if I worked to change my diet and adopted a positive attitude everything would change. But pre-diabetes wasnt the only problem. I had anemia, B12 deficiency, borderline thyroid disease and elevated levels of prolactin, which suggested a possible tumor in my pituitary gland. I can remember driving home from the doctors office in shock. I was determined to beat it. If I worked to change my diet and adopted a positive attitude, I assumed I could avoid Type 2. The physical practice of yoga was a haven for me after that initial diagnosis and I was sure I could use the practice to stem the tide. I found that yoga helped draw my mind away from thoughts that could be deeply stressful. But yoga wasnt the cure-all I was hoping for. It became evident that the changes in my diet and lifestyle werent working. Tests taken when I was 42 eventually revealed I had Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA); my beta cells were dying, and no matter how much yoga I practiced, I could not regenerate them. I had to alter my beliefs about the power of yoga, and the only way to do that was togive up. This may sound counterintuitive, but let me explain. When I tried yoga for the first time I had a certain expectation that I would progress with practice. Like a gymnast, you try and get a 10 out of 10 every time you step on the mat. But yoga isnt a competition; the point is to surren Continue reading >>

Yoga For Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review Of Controlled Trials

Yoga For Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review Of Controlled Trials

Yoga for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review of Controlled Trials 1Department of Epidemiology, West Virginia University School of Public Health, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA 2Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA 1Department of Epidemiology, West Virginia University School of Public Health, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA 2Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA 1Department of Epidemiology, West Virginia University School of Public Health, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA 2Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA Received 2015 Jun 2; Revised 2015 Aug 19; Accepted 2015 Aug 26. Copyright 2016 K. E. Innes and T. K. Selfe. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. A growing body of evidence suggests yogic practices may benefit adults with type 2 diabetes (DM2). In this systematic review, we evaluate available evidence from prospective controlled trials regarding the effects of yoga-based programs on specific health outcomes pertinent to DM2 management. To identify qualifying studies, we searched nine databases and scanned bibliographies of relevant review papers and all identified articles. Controlled trials that did not target adults with diabetes, included only adults with type 1 diabetes, were under two-week duration, or did not include quantitative outcome data were exclu Continue reading >>

Control Diabetes With Yoga

Control Diabetes With Yoga

Regular physical activity is one of the most effective tools in diabetes management. Exercise can lower your blood glucose (also called blood sugar), blood pressure, and bad cholesterol while increasing your good cholesterol. It improves your bodys ability to use insulin and contributes to weight loss which might allow you to decrease the amount of medication you need. Exercise also lowers your risk of heart disease and stroke. When you exercise regularly, you have more energy, less stress, and a clearer mind. But if you are like many people despite all the health benefits, the thought of exercise brings back memories of the hundreds of jumping jacks, pushups, laps and other calisthenics you were forced to do in school. Those sweaty classes were often among the most dreaded. The good news is you have options. Exercise is any physical activity that gets your body moving above a resting level. Yoga can be a beneficial, less strenuous and more pleasurable, exercise experience for people with diabetes. There are four categories of exercise recommended for people with diabetes aerobic exercise, strength training, stretching and being active every day. Aerobic exercise is an exercise that increases your heart rate and your rate of breathing. When you exercise aerobically your body uses oxygen as it breaks down fat and glucose for energy. Yoga is not generally considered aerobic exercisethough some power yoga sessions will work up a sweat, says registered yoga teacher Tamara Jeffries, RYT-200. Yoga is a type of stretching and should be done in combination with aerobic exercise and strength training. Yoga is a mind-body discipline historically used in India to manage chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and insulin resistance. However, there is an emerging body o Continue reading >>

Is Yoga A Cure-all For Diabetes?

Is Yoga A Cure-all For Diabetes?

I always thought that yoga was a cure-all. In fact I was absolutely convinced it was. That’s why it was so hard to believe that someone like me, a yoga teacher for over 23 years, could end up being a late onset adult type 1 diabetic. But now, almost seven years since my diagnosis, I’m convinced that it’s because I’ve practiced yoga almost half my life that I’ve been able to a manage it so well. Diabetes Is Complicated Diabetes is a complicated disease. On the surface it seems to be about sugar. And it is, because the body runs on sugar and sugar feeds the brain. But diabetes is really about how the sugar is managed by the body. Too much sugar in the body is like having too much acid in your car battery; it corrodes the machinery. Not enough sugar, and the brain is starved for food. A diabetic is just like anyone else, except that the pancreas and its major hormone insulin, which regulates the sugar in the body, both don’t behave like they should. Insulin acts like a door that brings energy into the cells. In a diabetic, there either isn’t enough of it, none at all, or the cells resist it. When I was diagnosed, I buried my head in the sand, telling myself it was a parasite that had gotten out of hand. I armed myself with herbs and alternative treatments, changed my diet, kept up my rigorous yoga practice, and hoped for the best. But hope never cured a thing. How Yoga Can Help If you’re diabetic and have always wanted to do yoga or have already started a yoga practice, I offer you my 30 years of practical experience and say YES! Yoga has profound benefits, the most important one being that it mitigates stress. You see, anyone, no matter what their health condition, knows that stress plays a major part in either the onset or progression of an illness. Breat Continue reading >>

Yoga & Diabetes: Choosing The Right Type Of Yoga For You

Yoga & Diabetes: Choosing The Right Type Of Yoga For You

Yoga for Diabetes Blog - Get Healthy with Yoga Bring yoga into your life with ease with a new Yoga for Diabetes Book today! Yoga & Diabetes: Choosing the Right Type of Yoga for You Ive been practicing yoga since I was 17 and teaching and sharing yoga worldwide for more than 25 years, so when my diagnosis at 42 of type1 diabetes came along, it absolutely floored me! Learn more about Rachels upcoming book: Yoga for Diabetes I was convinced that I could reverse my condition and spent six years trying my best. I couldnt accept that type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease with no known cure. When life hits rock bottom its the simple things that resonate. For me it was my yoga mat. The postures and the meditation, kept me sane. I wanted to run away but there was nowhere to go. Slowly and gently, I found my way back. First I found a way to accept my diagnosis. Then I realized that yoga had saved my life. My personal passion for understanding the complexity of the body and how to achieve optimum health happened when I was introduced to the sister science of yoga, ayurveda. Using AyurvedicType to Determine Your Yoga Style If youve never heard of ayurveda, it means, the science of life, and like yoga it considers the body/mind mechanism as a whole and asks the question; how can we keep the body in total balance? Ayurveda is based in the theory that the body, being composed of the 5 elements, earth, water, fire, air and ether, is constantly trying to balance itself. And that the mix of elements in each person is completely unique. In other words, its not one-size-fits-all. For example, ether or space is vast and open while air is light and fast moving. In ayurveda those qualities translate into both body type, and mental and emotional characteristics. A person who is forthright Continue reading >>

Yoga For Diabetes

Yoga For Diabetes

Ive always loved writing. I wrote my first book at 10 about a girl who became a rock star. I vividly described her as having bell bottom jeans and great taste in sunglasses. As the years passed I kept up my passion and eventually wrote a memoir but shelved it. I mean who wants to hear the story of my life anyway? Then I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I was 42 and had been a yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer for over 25 years with a successful global career. It was shocking, devastating and downright embarrassing. I felt like Id done something wrong and refused to believe my diagnosis. I wanted to crawl into a hole and disappear. It reminded me of the moment I found out my mother had had a stroke when I was 9. Rather than face reality, I ran into a nearby corn field and hid deep inside the stalks. If no one could find me then surely it couldnt be true. But it was. Eventually my mother passed and I had to face reality, grieve and move on. Its been the same with my diagnosis. After six years of denial and trying everything I could to fix myself, I had to make a choice. Either live in constant fear and false hope or take charge of my life. Being a long-time yoga practitioner and passionate writer, the way forward was obvious. Share through words with people just like me, how yoga has helped save my life. In spite of the many challenges of living with diabetes, yoga has always been my anchor. The physical practices, including the sister science of yoga Ayurveda, the Indian science of health, has helped to preserve my beta cell function, increased my sensitivity to insulin and supported me in building a strong immune system. Beyond the physical practices the depth and meaning of yoga has uplifted me and helped me to stay positive. The word yoga means wholeness, comp Continue reading >>

Ease Diabetes Symptoms With Yoga

Ease Diabetes Symptoms With Yoga

In your efforts to deal with the symptoms and side effects of diabetes, don't overlook the power of yoga. Many people with diabetes have found relief by incorporating yoga into their routine, and it can help at any stage, says Jasmine Lieb, a therapeutic yoga instructor at YogaWorks in Los Angeles who has worked with many diabetics. "I once worked with a man who had gone blind and lost feeling in his hands and feet from type 2 diabetes," she says. "We modified the poses until he was able to do them independently. And he felt more confident and comfortable by the end." Not only did some feeling come back in his hands and feet, but he also was able to walk farther and longer. "Through yoga, that feeling of powerlessness is gone," Lieb says. Yoga's focus on the breath and movement can boost circulation, especially to the extremities. It's one of few exercises that set the entire body in motion with the breath, circulating the blood through parts of the body that might otherwise go unused in our day-to-day lives. While daily practice is ideal, Lieb says you shouldn't stress yourself out or feel pressured by a set schedule. Instead, slip these two poses into your day at a time that is convenient for you. (Please note that these poses should be learned first under the supervision of an instructor.) Shoulder Stand, modified "Through inversions like shoulder stand, we can focus on stimulating the thyroid, which is often linked to the weight gain and water retention suffered by many people with diabetes," says Lieb. Diabetics also have a higher incidence of thyroid disorders than the rest of the population. When the legs are raised above the heart in shoulder stand, blood is drawn to the crook of the neck, where the thyroid gland is located. For many diabetics, increasing circul Continue reading >>

Power Yoga For Diabetes

Power Yoga For Diabetes

Paschimotasana (forward seated bend) diabetes Power Yoga. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist) diabetes Power Yoga. Breathing excercises play a crucial role in the treatment of diabetes. As the usual fatigues feeling pervades the body, physical practices might seem a little difficult at times but pranayamas can be done at any time & these simple practices surely help in improving the blood circulation & increasing the energy levels. Other than this practicing pranayamas will reduce stress & enhance the endocrine functions of the body. both theses aspects of yoga therapy are absolutely essential for all diabetics as it will help reducing the stress levels and harmonisethe functioning of the body. It has been observed in relevant researches that regular medication can help an individual to combat the typical weakness in the body and maintain excellent state of energy all the time. The key to managing this disorder is to regularly exercise & burn those extra calories & always maintain a fiber & protein rich diet. Following the simple regime stated above would hardly take any time & maintaining this would keep diabetes at bay. This disorder has now struck many & India is believed to have become one of the most affected countries with this epidemic. It is our responsibility to keep those diabetic genetic impressions away from us & pass on a healthy disease free gene code to the next generation. Continue reading >>

Yoga Practice For The Management Of Type Ii Diabetes Mellitus In Adults: A Systematic Review

Yoga Practice For The Management Of Type Ii Diabetes Mellitus In Adults: A Systematic Review

Yoga Practice for the Management of Type II Diabetes Mellitus in Adults: A systematic review 1University of Ottawa, Ottawa and2University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada For reprints and all correspondence: Badr Aljasir, Suite 708, 700 Sussex drive, K1N1K4, Ottawa, Canada. Tel: 0016138626262; Fax: 0016136805762; E-mail: [email protected] Received 2007 Dec 4; Accepted 2008 Apr 4. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( ) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. The effect of practicing yoga for the management of type II Diabetes was assessed in this systematic review through searching related electronic databases and the grey literature to the end of May 2007 using Ovid. All randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs) comparing yoga practice with other type of intervention or with regular practice or both, were included regardless of language or type of publication. Each study was assessed for quality by two independent reviewers. Mean difference was used for summarizing the effect of each study outcomes with 95% confidence intervals. Pooling of the studies did not take place due to the wide clinical variation between the studies. Publication bias was assessed by statistical methods. Five trials with 363 participants met the inclusion criteria with medium to high risk of bias and different intervention characteristics. The studies results show improvement in outcomes among patients with diabetes type II. These improvements were mainly among short term or immediate diabetes outcomes and not all were statistically significant. The resul Continue reading >>

Diabetes? Yoga To The Rescue

Diabetes? Yoga To The Rescue

Know more about the important role of yoga practice in fighting a common condition called diabetes. Diabetes – a name that is no longer foreign. These days, this condition can happen to anybody, irrespective of age, place, or genetic history. Yet, there’s nothing to fret about because the condition can be controlled with a little awareness and care. Good food, regular exercise, and a few minutes of yoga practice everyday – the three golden rules to remember if you are a diabetic. But how to first find out whether you do have diabetes or not? Simple. Just look out for these common symptoms: Are you unusually losing weight? Do you need to pay frequent visits to the bathroom to urinate? Do you feel hungry or thirsty too often? If the answer to these is ‘yes’, it is quite likely that you have high blood sugar, either due to low production of insulin in the body, or lack of response from the blood cells to the insulin produced. In either case, it’s always good to consult a doctor at the earliest. Diabetes can be classified as Type 1 or type 2 or it can even be gestational - occurring with pregnancy. Whatever the case, the earlier the condition is treated, the better it is for the individual. And for this, yoga and meditation, along with good lifestyle practices, can be your escorts. How yoga can help fight diabetes - Regular yoga practice can help reduce the level of sugar in the blood, along with lowering blood pressure, keeping a weight check, reducing the symptoms and slowing the rate of progression of diabetes, as well as lessening the severity of further complications. Let’s see how. - Like for most lifestyle diseases, stress is one of the major reasons for diabetes.It increases the secretion of glucagon hormones in the body, responsible for increasing blo Continue reading >>

How Yoga Can Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes

How Yoga Can Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Medically Reviewed by Judy Mouchawar, MD, MSPH If you have type 2 diabetes , its likely not news that exercise should be part of your life. But that doesnt mean you have to limit your physical activity to biking, jogging, or calisthenics. Give yoga a try, for instance. This ancient practice has been found to help lower blood pressure, improve blood glucose (sugar) levels, and more. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesnt use the hormone insulin properly. When insulin is not doing its job, blood sugar levels build and can cause health problems, according to the American Diabetes Association. Lifestyle changes, including regular exercise, are an important part of diabetes management. Yoga should be part of an exercise plan that includes aerobic exercise as well as strength training ," says Lisa B. Nelson, MD , director of medical education for Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, co-author of Yoga & Diabetes: Your Guide to Safe and Effective Practice, and a family medicine doctor in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Yoga is particularly good for stress reduction. High levels of the stress hormone cortisol can raise blood sugar levels. I recommend yoga primarily for stress management, agrees Janet Zappe, RN, CDE , the clinical program manager of outpatient diabetes education at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. Stress elevates blood sugar, which can lead to more diabetes complications. Yoga helps us center ourselves, and centering calms us and can help keep blood sugar levels balanced. In addition to stress reduction, experts credit yoga with increasing mindfulness , which involves staying and living in the moment. This tool is helpful in making lasting, healthful behavior changes, which is a must for managing diabetes, Continue reading >>

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