Preventing Type 2 Diabetes - Can Yoga Help Reduce Major Risk Factors?

By
B Grace Bullock, PhD, E-RYT 500
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The incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus is skyrocketing, affecting more than 300 million people worldwide. This had lead to extensive efforts to understand and prevent the disease.

Now, new research published in Psychoneuroimmunology, points to low inhibition and high anxiety as risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. Studies also show that a regular yoga practice may increase self-regulation and inhibition, and reduce stress and anxiety, providing a safe, cost-effective alternative for prevention.

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Best Beginning Yoga Postures for Diabetes

For those with diabetes or pre-diabetes, adopting a regular yoga routine in addition to other healthy lifestyle habits can provide relief from diabetic symptoms and even help overcome the condition. The best beginning yoga for diabetes will include postures and breathing exercises that are designed specifically to target and stimulate the pancreas. By improving blood flow to the pancreas, yoga postures for diabetes rejuvenate the organ’s cells and improve its ability to produce insulin for the body. Read more

Study: Yoga and Aerobic Exercise Drastically Reduce Risk for Diabetes

Women who want to reduce their risk of developing diabetes should start lifting weights or head to the yoga studio, according to a new study. Read more

A Soda a Day May Bring Diabetes Your Way

It’s no secret these days that drinking soda isn’t exactly good for you. When even the mayor of New York City attempts to make large containers of these popular drinks illegal, one needs to think twice. Now a... Read more

Study: Yoga Might Help Avoid Complications of Diabetes

A new study of adults with Type-2 diabetes suggests that yoga for diabetes can help people suffering from the disease steady blood sugar levels and prevent common complications of diabetes. Read more

Best Lifestyle Factors to Manage Insulin-Insensitive Diabetes

According to experts, over 90% of diabetics suffer from “insulin insensitivity,” meaning, they already have the insulin their bodies need, they just don’t have the ability to use it properly. As a result, their blood sugar levels remain sky high and they are forced to deal with the symptoms of a debilitating illness. However, according to Dr. Gabe Mirkin, insulin-insensitive diabetes is curable through some simple, yet vital lifestyle changes, the most important of which is vigorous exercise. Read more

How Does Yoga Help Prevent or Relieve Diabetes?

A diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes may seem to carry the weight of a life sentence, but for many people, adopting key lifestyle changes, such as a healthier diet and exercise, can help manage, reduce, and even eliminate diabetic symptoms. Even those who are at a more advanced stage of the disease can find a greater degree of comfort and physical function through incorporating healthy practices into their routine. Read more