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Diabetes And Yoga – Balm For The Blood Sugar

Diabetes And Yoga – Balm For The Blood Sugar

back to Overview At first glance, the Beatles don’t have anything in common with diabetes. But our friend Ilka found a way to connect the dots … through yoga! Did you know they had a hand in bringing yoga to the Western world? I didn’t until I learned it from Ilka! But that’s not the point of this article. Today we’re looking at yoga and how it can help your diabetes management, and to do that we’ll read a great interview from Ilka with our own Marlis Schosser. Yoga is a great exercise with focused breathing and an interesting mix of concentration and relaxation. It can even boost your metabolism! Our Marlis is a real yoga fan and bends her body into all sorts of positions. She says that only good things can come from it! I’m not so sure… Ilka:How long have you been doing yoga, and when did you start? Marlis: The first time I tried yoga was six years ago. At that time, I was at university, and a friend persuaded me to attend a course. At first I was skeptical because I didn’t think yoga took much effort. I was stressed during that time and noticed right away that I slept much better after the yoga sessions. For the past 1.5 years, I’ve been doing yoga almost every day. llka: Wow! Every day? How long does it take? Marlis: Yes, almost every day! And I go for about 1.5 – 2 hours. During this time, I am completely focused on me, and everything else fades away. I don’t even worry about my diabetes. I concentrate fully on my exercises and my breath. That’s kind of like “relaxation for the brain”. 2 hours vacation from everything, even from diabetes. I enjoy that. Ilka: Does Yoga affect your blood sugar? Marlis: In general, I give myself a mini-bolus of 0.5 units then take my pump off for yoga classes. While doing the yoga, my blood sugar stays ve Continue reading >>

Bikram Yoga And Type 1 Diabetes

Bikram Yoga And Type 1 Diabetes

The following article/testimonial was written by our student Keith Kline. Keith and his wife Mary are wonderful members of our community at Bikram Yoga Hampden. Keith is a type one diabetic and agreed to share his experiences with Bikram yoga for the benefit of other diabetics who might be interested in trying out Bikram yoga. Other Bikram yoga teachers and students will probably find this article interesting and educational too! ~~~~~~~~ I've been a Type 1 (juvenile) diabetic for over 40 years. Although my wife Mary had been practicing Bikram yoga and had been asking me to join her, I had resisted trying it partly because I was unsure of how to manage my blood glucose levels and diabetes-related equipment in class. I had been suffering from chronic joint problems, particularly in my shoulders and knees, and had even had shoulder surgery in 2007. When I started to suffer from back pain early in 2011, I began researching what was really involved in Bikram yoga -- I read Bikram's "Beginning Yoga Class", and talked with people who'd been participating. After speaking with the instructors and checking out the studio, I finally decided to try Bikram yoga, and I attended my first class in May 2011. As of September, 2011, I've been attending practice 3-4 times a week for 4 months, and the benefits have been enormous! My shoulders and knees have shown significant improvement (more than my previous months of physical therapy had accomplished after surgery, and at a substantially lower cost). My back is no longer sore. I've lost a few extra pounds. I've also had the unexpected benefit that my thyroid levels, which had been dropping steadily for years, have risen dramatically in a few months (my thyroid stimulating hormone, which had been measuring over 3 on the TSH scale even on Continue reading >>

Is Yoga A Treatment For Type 2 Diabetes?

Is Yoga A Treatment For Type 2 Diabetes?

The following is a guest post by Dr. Gregory Dodell, MD, FACE, a board certified endocrinologist. I am in the exam room listening to my 45 year-old patient with recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes explain the cumulative stress of a demanding job, an emotionally challenging marriage, and trying to figure out the best approach to taking care of his health. Unfortunately, his is not a unique story. The American Psychological Association’s 2016 Stress in America survey reported that 80% of Americans experienced at least one health symptom related to stress. A third of Americans reported specific symptoms such as headaches (34%), feeling overwhelmed (33%), feeling nervous or anxious (33%), or feeling depressed or sad (32%). Stress has a particularly detrimental effect on type 2 diabetes since cortisol, the hormone that our body releases during times of stress, raises our blood sugar and has been linked with insulin resistance, a hallmark of type 2 diabetes. I explain to my patient the impact of stress on diabetes control and tell him that I believe I have an answer (or at least something to try) that will address the multifactorial etiology for diabetes. These days, one of the prescriptions that I’m “writing” isn’t for a drug. I have started to “prescribe” yoga to my patients, which research suggests should improve overall wellbeing as well as diabetes control. A study by Satish et al in 2016 published in the International Journal of Yoga demonstrated that after 12 one-hour sessions of yoga over a 3-month period, 90 people with type 2 diabetes were 70% less worried about diabetes, were more confident in their ability to be physically active, and there was a significant reduction in the intensity of their depression. These are crucial findings because a large bar Continue reading >>

Adult Onset Type 1 Diabetes

Adult Onset Type 1 Diabetes

Note: An abbreviated version of this blog was published by Rachel Zinman on her excellent website Yoga for Diabetes. Istarted practicing yoga in 1994, six months before I noticed my first symptomsof diabetes. When I was newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, at the age of 35,I was in extreme despairI thought my life was ruined. But yoga saved my lifethen by allowing me some space and freedom from constant thoughts about mydisease, and yoga continues to save my life today by helping me stay calm andfocused despite the daily grind of self-care that those of us with Type 1diabetes must do. I recommend yoga to anyone who has to live with the stress ofchronic illness. Yogais a practice that uses poses, breathing techniques, relaxation, and meditationto balance mind, body, and spirit. In the West, hatha yoga, which involvesstretching the body and forming different poses while keeping breathing slowand controlled, is most commonly practiced.Yoga has much to offer people with diabetes, and probably its greatestbenefit is stress reduction. Diabetes isexacerbated by stress, and yoga is a useful tool to reduce stress. It can both set the stage for better overallhealth and also reduce the stress associated with the myriad of detailsnecessary for our daily diabetes care.High levels of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol raise bloodglucose levels, and thus reducing stress is integral to good blood glucosecontrol. Yoga cannot cure diabetes, butthe many benefits of yoga (stress reduction, increased sense of well-being,discipline, and focus) can help make the disease more manageable and havebeneficial impacts on blood glucose control and on our lives. Forme, exercise, yoga, and meditation are my magic pills. If only it were so easy as to pop apill! To give you an idea of my rout Continue reading >>

Diabetes Retreats And Camps: Everything You Need To Know

Diabetes Retreats And Camps: Everything You Need To Know

Everyone likes the sound of going on a “retreat.” It brings up imagery of a relaxed vacation at a spa, and having people waiting on you hand and foot. What about a Diabetes Retreat? What is it and how does it work? Types of Diabetes Retreats There are many different types of Diabetes Retreats. These include Diabetes Camps for children, adults, or even families. Some of these may be paid for by insurance or Medicaid. Also included are luxurious day spas and resorts that offer Diabetes Retreats for a hefty price, likely not covered by insurance. There are also health coaches that plan Diabetes Retreats at expensive all-inclusive resorts. With all of the camps and retreats out there, you should be able to find the right program for you. Where you end up is likely to depend on your finances, and whether or not you want to spend the kind of money it takes to attend a Diabetes Retreat in a resort-type setting. Would you rather have a less expensive, back to nature experience? Luxury, resort style retreats for adults which may have varying themes such as: Yoga Plant based or raw food diet Vegetarian or vegan diet Detox “juicing” style fasting Hypnosis Rustic, camp setting retreats which may include camps for: Children and adolescents Teens Adults Families Sports retreats for the athlete with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes Should there be medical professionals on site at your retreat? One thing that you will want to look for is a medical component to the retreat. In other words, a licensed medical professional is there to evaluate you during the retreat. They may take blood work, vital signs, height, weight, and body mass index (among other things). They are there to evaluate your physical response to the lower carbohydrate diet you will likely be given, and to assess your b Continue reading >>

4 Yoga Poses To Cure Diabetes At Home

4 Yoga Poses To Cure Diabetes At Home

Follow these simple pranayams and asanas to control blood glucose levels Study after study at top Western universities confirm and reiterate what our ancient science has been preaching all along -that positive health effects of yoga are bountiful. For one, yoga stimulates the organs which in turn improves metabolic activities. This means that the chemical transformations within a cell are carried out more efficiently. This makes it a highly beneficial exercise for those suffering from diabetes -a complex condition which occurs due to lack of insulin production by the pancreas or lack of cell response to insulin, resulting in a multitude of metabolic imbalances involving the regulation and utilisation of insulin and glucose (sugar) in the body. In fact, a study published in the journal, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, last year analysed available research looking at yoga's influence on diabetes and complications of diabetes (for instance, kidney problems and high blood pressure) and found that regular yoga practise led to shortterm improvements in fasting glucose and cholesterol levels. The research, conducted by Marshall Govindan and Dr Emilia RipollBunn, also found that the direct stim ulation of the pancreas by certain postures rejuvenated its capacity to produce insulin. Yoga practitioner Sabir Shaikh adds, "A few asanas help balance the functioning of the endocrine system.It massages and tones the abdominal organs like pancreas and liver, stimulate the nervous and circulatory system which in turn helps in controlling diabetes." Diabetologist Dr Pradeep Gadge concurs. "Besides medication", he says, "Yogic asanas help in harmonising the body, breath and mind, thereby contributing to the overall health of the individual. Asanas help in optimal se Continue reading >>

Yoga For Diabetes: 11 Poses To Try, Why It Works, And More

Yoga For Diabetes: 11 Poses To Try, Why It Works, And More

Yoga can do more than just relax your body in mind especially if youre living with diabetes . Certain poses may help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels while also improving circulation, leading many experts to recommend yoga for diabetes management. Regular practice may even help reduce your risk for other complications of diabetes, such as heart disease . Keep reading to learn how these simple moves can improve your overall quality of life and lead to significant transformations. This restorative inversion allows for relaxation. This helps lower stress levels, which may in turn help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It can also help relieve headaches, boost energy, and increase circulation. While seated, bring the soles of your feet together. Your knees should be out to the sides. You may place a bolster underneath your knees for support. Slowly lean back until your back is flat on the floor. Rest your hands alongside your body with your palms facing up. You can also press down on your thighs to gently deepen the stretch in your legs and hips. To release, use your hands to lift and press your knees together. Slowly sit all the way up. This pose is a therapeutic forward bend . In addition to lowering blood pressure and promoting weight loss, this pose may help relieve anxiety, headache, and fatigue. Allow your arms to rest alongside your body with your palms facing up. Bend your knees and bring your hands to the outside of your ankles. Place one hand on top of the other to make a pillow for your forehead. Gently shake your hips from side-to-side to relax your lower back. 10. You may repeat this pose one or two times. This twisting pose stimulates the abdominal organs, which may help lower blood sugar . Its also thought to improve digestion and boost Continue reading >>

Me, Diabetes And My Travelling Yoga Pants

Me, Diabetes And My Travelling Yoga Pants

Me, Diabetes and My Travelling Yoga Pants Me, Diabetes and My Travelling Yoga Pants Hi guys Im Rachel and I am a global yoga teacher whose been practicing yoga for 34 years. I am completely passionate about yoga, its meaning and message and love getting behind projects that are uplifting and speak to my soul. Courage My Love is one of them and I am excited to share and uplift others through wearing empowering and beautiful yoga gear on my upcoming book launch tour throughout the US. Whats my book about? A subject close to my heart, Yoga for Diabetes. I wrote the book because 24 years into my yoga career I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It was a total shock and completely floored me because I didnt think someone who was healthy and fit like me could get diabetes. I didnt know that there were two types or that diabetes is a disease which affects over 380 million people worldwide. Out of the 380 million people about 10% of the population have Type 1 and 85 % have Type 2, the remaining 5% have gestational diabetes which most often resolves on giving birth. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease where the insulin producing cells attack the pancreas. The pancreas doesnt stop functioning but the cells which produce insulin slowly die off until they are no longer able to support the body in regulating the amount of sugar in the blood. The source and trigger of this autoimmune attack is unknown and it can strike at any age. Type 2 diabetes is thought of as a lifestyle disease and therefore preventable, curable and or reversible. Rather than the immune system attacking itself the cells either produce less insulin, the insulin is not working effectively or the cells resist the insulin, called insulin resistance. In the book I share that no matter what type of diabetes the person ha Continue reading >>

6 Great Exercises For People With Diabetes

6 Great Exercises For People With Diabetes

iStock.com; Raymond Forbes/Stocksy; iStock.com Making Exercise a Routine Do you get enough exercise? If you're like many Americans, the answer is no — and that's especially true for those of us with diabetes. Studies show as few as 39 percent of people with type 2 diabetes participate in regular physical activity, compared with 58 percent of other Americans. And that's a shame, because working out can help increase insulin action and keep blood sugars in check, says Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD, founder of the Diabetes Motion Academy in Santa Barbara, Califorinia, and professor emerita of exercise science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Exercise also helps you lose weight and improve balance, which is important because many people with type 2 diabetes are at risk for obesity and for falls. “I fully recommend that anyone over 40 with diabetes include balance training as part of their weekly routine, at least two to three days per week,” says Dr. Colberg-Ochs. “It can be as simple as practicing balancing on one leg at a time, or more complex — like tai chi exercises. Lower body and core resistance exercises also double as balance training.” Here are six great workouts you can easily work into your daily routine. Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen, and go slowly at first. Over time, you can increase the length and intensity of your routine. Continue reading >>

Power Alignment Yoga, Hot Alignment Yoga & Hatha Alignment Yoga In Central Florida With Mylinda Ann Morales Hutchings E-ryt

Power Alignment Yoga, Hot Alignment Yoga & Hatha Alignment Yoga In Central Florida With Mylinda Ann Morales Hutchings E-ryt

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and afflicts about eighteen million Americans. Diabetes means that the body does not produce or use insulin properly. Insulin is the hormone responsible in converting sugar, starches and other food into energy. Diabetes may be caused by genetic factors, though lack of exercise, Obesity and stress may also cause this disease. Stress increases the blood glucose levels and the risk for Heart Disease, stroke, and infections. Of the 18 million Americans with Diabetes, about 5.2 million are undiagnosed and about 90-95% have Type 2 Diabetes. There are two basic Types of Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 Diabetes is insulin dependent. The pancreas no longer make insulin thus patients with Type 1 Diabetes need to take insulin shots or use insulin pumps. Type 2 Diabetes, on the other hand, is non-insulin dependent and is the most common form of Diabetes. This Type of Diabetes can be developed by anyone - young and old . In Type 2 Diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, and the fat, muscle , or liver cells does not use it properly. Obesity - one of the causes of Diabetes and other serious medical conditions is Obesity which affects 60% of the American population. Obese people have higher risk in developing Type 2 Diabetes since both body fat and fat circulating in the bloodstream appear to interfere with the ability of cells to use insulin. Obesity and Diabetes are also termed as twin epidemics. Obesity may be defined as the excessively high amount of body fat in relation to lean body mass. This occurs when caloric intake is greater than the amount of energy expended. Medical professionals measure how much a person is overweight by figuring his BMI or Body Mass Index. Both Obesity and Diabetes i Continue reading >>

Seven Yoga Poses For Diabetes

Seven Yoga Poses For Diabetes

People with diabetes need to carefully manage their blood sugar levels as they may become too high. This happens because the body doesn't make enough insulin, or the body can't use insulin efficiently. Without insulin, the sugar in the blood does not reach the body's cells, and it builds up in the blood. Over time, having too much glucose in the blood leads to health problems. There is currently no cure for either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. However, type 2 diabetes can be managed to a large degree by a healthful diet and regular exercise. This article explores the role of exercise in diabetes management and addresses whether yoga is beneficial for people with diabetes. Contents of this article: How diet and exercise can control diabetes Eating a healthful diet and being physically active can help control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Keeping blood sugar under control is the best way to avoid complications of diabetes. A healthful food and exercise plan can help a person: These are all important factors to help people with diabetes manage their condition and prevent more serious condition, such as heart disease. A Consensus Statement from the American Diabetes Association strongly links regular physical activity to better outcomes in people with diabetes, including a lower mortality rate. It is a good idea to get a doctor to approve a diet and exercise program before beginning. In part, this is because exercising too much or too quickly can lead to low blood sugar. This happens because exercise lowers blood glucose levels. In addition, people with diabetes may have other health problems as a result of their condition, such as neuropathy in the feet. This sort of issue may mean that not all exercise programs are suitable for a person with diabetes. De Continue reading >>

Top 5 Yoga Asanas For Diabetes

Top 5 Yoga Asanas For Diabetes

How does Yoga help with Diabetes? Yoga asanas stretch, twist and turn the lumbar and thoracic regions of our body, where the pancreas is located. This improves the production of insulin and lowers blood sugar. Yoga also has a huge, positive impact on our parasympathetic nervous system. It reduces stress hormones, which are a major trigger for diabetes. When practiced well, yoga asanas massage the organs, improve blood supply and rejuvenate the cells. Continue reading >>

Yoga & Diabetes Management, Asanas, Pranayama

Yoga & Diabetes Management, Asanas, Pranayama

Yogacharya Vishwas Mandlik & Dr. Sujit Chandratreya (DM, DNB, MD) (Endocrinologist, Diabetologist) Diabetes Mellitus is a disease related to the impaired glucose tolerance of the body, insulin functioning is affected. Symptoms of diabetes can be excessive thirst, excessive hunger or excessive / frequent urination. Diabetes Mellitus can be of Type 1 or Type 2 or pancreatic diabetes or gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is caused by No production of insulin and this is very difficult to treat with Yoga. Type 2 diabetes which is caused by life style, stress related diseases can be effectively treated with Yoga. Sun Salutation is very good exercise for people suffering from diabetes, it increases the blood supply to various parts of body, improving insulin administration in the body, it gives all the benefits of exercise if practiced at 4 rounds per minute. If practiced at slow speed, it offers the benefits of asanas. Asanas are beneficial in treatment of diabetes. Important aspect of Asanas is stability and comfort experienced in the position. After attaining the position, one needs to relax all the muscles and try to maintain the positions for long. Due to various twists, stretches and strains in the body, the internal organs are stretched and subjected to strain. This increases the blood supply, oxygen supply to the organs increasing the efficiency and functioning of the organ. Stretching various glands result in increased efficiency of the endocrine system. Asanas like Dhanurasana (Bow pose in prone position), Ardhamatsyendrasana (Half spinal twist), Vajrasana Yoga Mudra, Pavan Muktasana, Sarvangasana, Halasana, Matsyasana have been found useful in diabetes. These asanas have positive effect on pancreas and also insulin functioning. But to get this result, one needs Continue reading >>

A Mind-body Approach To Diabetes

A Mind-body Approach To Diabetes

Part of truly appreciating our human experience is enjoying the sweetness of life. A perfectly ripe peach. A fresh slice of homemade bread. A scoop of chocolate ice cream. In life’s paradoxical way, however, at the same time that we have greater access to the world’s rich variety of sweet delicacies than ever before, the number of people with difficulties metabolizing sugar in their bloodstream is soaring. This condition, commonly known as diabetes, is reaching epidemic proportions in many countries. Although medical science has made great advancements in the treatment of acute diseases such as infectious illnesses, trauma, and other life-threatening conditions, we are seeing a dramatic rise in chronic diseases, including diabetes. According to the most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people in the U.S. diagnosed with diabetes rose from 1.5 million in 1958 to 18.8 million in 2010. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and is a major cause of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, lower limb amputation, and blindness. Data from international studies show that the number of people with diabetes worldwide in 2011 has reached 366 million. Fortunately, while there is not yet a cure for diabetes, there are interventions and lifestyle changes we can make to affect the course of this disease and prevent complications. The healing system of Ayurveda offers valuable wisdom and guidance that can help us listen to the signals of our body, notice the first signs that we’re getting out of balance, and make the necessary changes to reverse the imbalances. By taking a fresh look at the ancient and comprehensive knowledge base of Ayurveda, we can become better able to treat and manage this complex disease. We ca Continue reading >>

Yoga And Type 1 Diabetes

Yoga And Type 1 Diabetes

Physicalexercise only focuses to achieve the mind-set body, shape or strength, whileYoga focuses on the area of the problem inthe body. Because duringphysical exercise your mind hasto do more work to controloutdoorsituationslike surrounding atmosphere, equipment andbodyequilibrium, but, during yoga,you can keep close your eyes, sothe braincananalysetheproblem area inthe bodyand can work to minimisethe dysfunctionand stop to progress the problem. Thus id you doing continue Yoga practicesthen it help to treat the problem and give you long-lasting healthy life. Running isvery good exercise, its help to increase the stamina, strength and lungscapacity, but check it with your diabetes, during running, your brain is usingall safety measurement to save your body from outside dangerous, because brain isusing its lots of energy to mapping the area of your surrounding environmentand track, where you are running, so it can maintain the balance of your limbsand order the lungs to keep full fill the requirement of oxygen for your bodycell. Thus, brain using all extra blood sugar without using the insulin andother side your body cellular system using all store sugar, So from bothway your blood sugar is going down, the Liveris organ which help toincrease the sugar level when it require but for that time, it also need minimumenergy to work with more efficiency, so in the case of low sugar liver doesntwork well and you need to have snakes in the form of carbohydrate to full fillthe requirement of sugar. After a few minutes you feel better, butafter little long time you feelhigh sugar level, because now your liver has startedto release moresugar in the blood. But in Yogaexercise, you are using only yoga mat area (3/6sq.ft), so there is no fear of any type of outsidedangerous from any ob Continue reading >>

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