Diabetes & Yoga Therapy

Type 2 Diabetes is the growing concern all over UAE. In type 2 diabetes or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, the pancreas makes insulin; but either it is not enough or the body cannot use the insulin well enough. This is called insulin resistance. Other problems associated with the build-up of glucose in the blood include: damage to the nerves and small blood vessels of the eyes, kidneys and heart which leads to atherosclerosis that can cause heart attack and stroke. Dehydration due to frequent urination and diabetic coma are also complications because of high blood sugar. People who are obese, those who have a family history of diabetes, those who suffer from HBP, those who don’t exercise, etc. are prone to develop diabetes.

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline that aims to transform body and mind. Yoga therapy is non-invasive and cost effective. Yoga intervention is safer than other complementary and alternative medicine. Earlier studies have reported that Yoga therapy is effective in managing stress and obesity which are two of the main causes of Type 2 Diabetes.

Yogic therapy works by rejuvenating the main glands involved with diabetes, like the pancreas that is involved with insulin release.  Stress glands also seem to be implicated, where a high stress level can overload the blood with high sugar as a response to stress. Just doing the prescribed yogic asanas will not help.  The yoga student must learn to control his or her self in a holistic manner, at all levels – physical, emotional, mental and intellectual. A special combination of yoga therapy practices which are related to diabetes like asanas, pranayama, relaxation practices, cleansing techniques and meditation along with proper diet can be very effective to bring the blood sugar level down. However, patients already on medication should monitor sugar levels and reduce medication with the doctor’s advice.