Yoga for Diabetes

Pink Medico Ayush

Certainly, yoga helps you providing physical fitness and mental serenity. The practice of some yoga consistently and correctly helps combating physical ailments and extensively impacts on our emotional intelligence. Certain yoga practice helps us toning body and improvising metabolism. Yoga experts have been suggesting some particular yoga practice that helps us minimising or controlling chronic disease like diabetic and its complexities

Diabetes is no longer unfamiliar and foreign to many of us. It has been creating catastrophic concerns in India and abroad. The fatal chronic disorder affects 63 million people every year in our country and by 2030 it will be 1000 million. Based on the statistics, one can easily assume that if not minimised or controlled, this can be proved an epaidemic in coming years. Irrespective age, sex, genetic history, place and living condition, it can affect anybody.

Many diabetogolists, social workers supporting diabetics and physical fitness experts opine that though this chronic disease is fatal, this can be controlled and minimised by healthy and organised lifestyles. A consistent attempt towards leading physically healthy and spiritual peaceful life will lead towards managing and controlling the ill effects of diabetes. 


Many cases, doctors suggest alternative methods of minimising and controlling diabetes when there is very less awareness about self-care and less of responding to the medication. Based on various study reports, if a person is physically fit, it can help minimising blood sugar level which is the root cause of diabetes. Hence physical fitness or minimising obesity helps a lot in controlling diabetes. Many advanced study and research has been proving that the age old process and methods of the physical fitness regime--yoga, asana, and pranayama – has the divine power of the maintaining physical fitness and bodily metabolism. This has been considered as an alternative method of controlling diabetes. The various methods, types and categories of Yoga, Pranayama, Asana help a lot to minimise the diabetes. Apart from the classical ways of the minimising and curing diabetes, the people use various other treatment methods to control the ill effect of diabetes.


Diabetes and Yoga

Yoga is an age-old proven method of getting physical fitness and spiritual bliss. Everybody gets benefited from yoga. Divinity of yoga empowers you to get physical and mental health. It helps create harmony between body and mind and make you to fight against many physical ailments doesn’t matter whether or not innate, chronic or fatal. 


Yoga makes you not just physically fit but also mentally and emotionally stable and composed. According to spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji; "health is not absence of disease rather is it is expression of your happiness in life, joyfulness and enthusiasm in you". Yoga helps you through bodily postures in the many ways holistic ways and provides you:


  • Flexibility
  • Physical and mental strength>
  • Muscle strength and tone
  • Vitality, improved respiration, and energy
  • Balanced metabolism
  • Weight control
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Athletic performance
  • Protection from injury
  • Stress management 
  • Immunity


Benefits of Yoga

Obesity is directly and indirectly linked to a numerous health complexities including but limited to type 2 diabetes, which is common in India. Yoga helps you in many ways in controlling the obesity and making you fit. Certain physical exercise involved in yoga helps checking diabetes. Regular practice of those yogas helps you controlling blood sugar level, blood pressure, and body weight. For example, anxiety and stress helps increase the glucagon hormone which is responsible for increased blood glucose level. And by doing consistent and continuous practice of yoga asana, breathing exercises you can minimize the stress drastically which in turn reduces the glucagon and ultimately it reduces the blood glucose that causes the diabetes


Yoga helps you stimulating various bodily organs which in turn improve the metabolic activities in your body and reduces the sugar level and increase insulin in body. This helps fighting diabetes better.


Based on the facts published in the journal, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, on the influence of yoga on diabetes and complications of diabetes such as high blood pressure, and kidney problems, a regular yoga practise led to short term improvements like controlling glucose and cholesterol levels.


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 secretions of the endocrinal glands which helps insulin in the body to be used more effectively."


Based on some studies, some asanas such as Ardha Matsyendrasana (half-twist pose) combined with Dhanurasana (bow pose), Vakrasana (twisted pose), Matsyendrasana (half-spinal twist), Halasana (plough pose) stimulates the pancreatic secretions or hormonal by squeezing and compressing the abdomen. As a result, more insulin is pushed into the system. This rejuvenates the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas of diabetics suffering from both type 1 and 2. Practising the postures in a relaxed manner, without exertion, meditation and breathing techniques help most patients control the triggers or causes of diabetes.