Diabetes is a disease which occurs when target cells become insensitive to insulin, or there is a deficiency of insulin. Without insulin, glucose is unable to enter cells and starvation occurs. This also causes a major imbalance in metabolism causing a lowering of blood pH. Insulin is produced by pancreas. Diabetes is characterized by the excretion of large amounts of urine and extreme thirst. If undetected can cause serious health problems. There are two types – Diabetes 1 (caused by dysfunction of the pancreas, resulting in insulin deficiency), and Diabetes 2 (caused by dysfunction of the pituitary gland).
A lot of studies have been done to confirm beneficial effects of yoga for diabetics. Yoga helps to balance the functioning of the endocrine system. The postures and movements (particularly twists) massage and tone the abdominal organs like pancreas and liver, stimulate the nervous and circulatory system and improve metabolic activities, all of which in turn helps in controlling diabetes.
Apart from yogic postures and movements, breathing techniques – especially Alternate Nostril Breathing and Breath of Fire (Kapalbatti) – and relaxation postures, like Shavasana, are also of great benefit to diabetics.
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