What is Diabetes?
Blood glucose level becomes higher than normal in diabetic patients. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose(sugar) for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ near the stomach, produces a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into our body cells. When you have diabetes, your body either does not make enough insulin or can not use its own insulin as it should. This problem causes glucose to build up in your blood.
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Insulin is a hormone, produced by the pancreas and its main task is to keep the sugar content of blood under control.
In the sufferers, for some reason the pancreas either do not produce insulin or produce in lesser quantity, with the result that the blood stream gets flooded with the unused glucose.
Eventually most of the glucose ends up in the kidney and passes out with urine.
Type of diabetes
Type 1 diabetes in most cases is hereditary. It is a chronic medical condition which can be controlled but is believed to last a lifetime.
Type 2 diabetes, in most cases are treatable and manageable. What will keep type 2 diabetes under control is losing weight, a diabetic diet and a properly researched yoga-meditation exercise. In some extreme cases, oral medication and insulin injection may be necessary to reduce blood sugar level. In absence of timely treatment and the basic mind body exercise, this disease can lead to blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage leading to strokes and coronary heart disease.
The diagnosis of type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes need not be taken as a life sentence. For most people some changes in lifestyle, such as a generally healthy eating plan and a regular routine of exercise can help to manage or reduce and in some lucky instances eliminate diabetic symptom altogether.
Several recent studies and experiments have conclusively revealed that yoga/meditation can help in many ways diabetic patients to deal with the disease. It is a universally accepted truth that any form of exercise is good for health. However “solution to diabetes” provide unique benefits that can effectively restore the body to a state of natural health, with all vital organs functioning with full potential.
Yoga for diabetes
The yoga asanas or poses specifically chosen for diabetics help in contraction and stimulation of the organs on stomach area, increasing blood and oxygen supply. This, coupled with correct breathing practices and healthy yoga diets begin to rejuvenate the pancreatic action.
Along with yoga postures and breathing exercises, the vital component of mindfulness and meditation has been proved to improve the functioning of endocrine glands through relaxing the sympathetic nervous system. The benefit of yoga for diabetics is not just on physical levels. The mind plays a big role in most diseases. Stress and strain of daily life keep accumulating, causing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, binge eating, alcohol abuse and weight gain, an ideal breeding ground for this condition. But don’t despair, there is light at the end of the tunnel. If managed properly, further advance of the disease can be arrested, and in most cases the tide can be turned to give relief and almost cure. To anyone looking to prevent or get relief from the disease, a healthy lifestyle incorporating breathing exercise and meditation, even for a few minutes a day will undoubtedly bring in a new lease of misery free life.
Diabetic diet & yoga/meditation can help controlling this disease by reducing the level of sugar in the blood along with lowering blood pressure, keeping weight under control, boosting the rate of recovery as well as minimizing the severity of further complications.
Stress plays an important role in the onset of diabetes and its progression. Regular practice of yoga poses, pranayama or breathing exercises and the basic meditation practice will reduce the stress level in body and mind. This, in turn, will improve insulin activity. Diabetes can worsen with hypertension, which again can be kept under control with appropriate yoga poses. Yoga/meditation, consisting of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being, is a holistic approach towards life when practiced regularly the doses of medication(tablets and insulin) can be reduced.