The diabetes epidemic is a global concern. It affects nearly one in three adults and has been called the “silent killer” because diabetes often progresses without symptoms until it’s too late to reverse its effects.
4 Types Of Poses To Lower The Symptoms Of Diabetes
Diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and limb amputation among other things. And diabetes cases are expected to increase by 50% over the next 25 years worldwide! Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent diabetes or reverse diabetes if you already have it: exercise (cardiovascular and yoga), weight management (diet and/or medications), and stress reduction techniques like meditation.
Around 29 million Americans live with diabetes, but that number does not include the millions more who have diabetes and are unaware of it. One out of every four American adults has diabetes or prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type II diabetes within their lifetimes. Diabetes can lead to a number of serious health complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and amputations.
So What Can Be Done About Diabetes?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, but yoga may offer some hope for people with diabetes. Yoga has been shown to improve blood sugar control and diabetes-related quality of life, and yoga has been shown to reduce diabetes symptoms.
Yoga is an excellent way for people with diabetes to exercise; it can be gentle enough for those who are easily fatigued or in severe pain, and it offers a wide array of poses that target the whole body. Yoga also provides emotional benefits: studies show that yoga can help people with diabetes reduce stress and anxiety, and improve their moods.
If you have diabetes, consider trying yoga to see if it helps improve your symptoms. There is no evidence that yoga can cure diabetes, but it may be able to help you manage the condition more effectively. Talk to your doctor before starting a yoga practice, and make sure to do yoga safely.
Yoga Poses For Diabetes
There are several yoga poses that can help you lower the symptoms of diabetes and keep you healthy. Let me share 4 poses with you.
The yoga poses that are most effective at lowering blood pressure and regulating diabetes include MOUNTAIN POSE, (Uttanasana), SIDE ANGLE POSE (Parsvakonasana) DOWNWARD FACING DOG (Adho Mukha Svanasana), and GOMUKHASANA. All of these yoga poses help to improve the function of the pancreas, which is responsible for producing insulin.
MOUNTAIN POSE specifically helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows down the heart rate and digestion and allows the body to rest and recover. Stand with your feet together, stretch the arms out to either side of you at shoulder height, palms facing down toward the ground. Next, raise your hands up as if they were being pulled by a string until they are parallel to the floor (with pinkies touching), then turn them so that your palms are facing the ceiling. Relax your neck and shoulders, allowing the upper body to lean slightly forward from its own weight while keeping a straight back so that you can stand comfortably in TADASANA for at least five minutes.
DOWNWARD FACING DOG is a yoga pose that is often used to open up the hips and stretch the hamstrings. Begin in Table Top Position with your hands shoulder-width apart, knees hip-width apart, and feet flat on the ground. Next, tuck your toes and lift your hips up and back toward the ceiling, forming an upside-down V shape with your body. Try to bring your heels as close to the ground as possible while keeping your spine long and straight. Hold for five breaths, then release back down to Table Top Position. One of the great things about DOWNWARD FACING DOG is that it can be used to stretch the hamstrings, calves, and heels.
SIDE ANGLE POSE is another yoga pose that can be helpful for people with diabetes. Begin by standing with your feet together and then step your left foot out to the side, keeping your hips facing forward. Next, angle your right toes slightly in and bend your right knee so that it’s directly over your ankle. Reach your arms out to the sides of your body (keeping them parallel to the floor), then reach up toward the ceiling with your fingertips. Hold for five breaths before releasing and repeating on the other side. SIDE ANGLE POSE is a great yoga pose for improving balance and stability. It also helps to stretch the hips, chest, and shoulders. If you feel like you need more of a challenge in this pose, try reaching your arms up toward the ceiling instead of out to the sides.
GOMUKHASANA is a yoga seated pose that strengthens your legs and hips while improving blood sugar control by lowering stress hormones like cortisol and increasing insulin sensitivity, which can help you better manage diabetes naturally. It’s an especially good yoga pose for diabetics because it stimulates the pancreas, which helps to produce insulin. If you’re looking for a yoga pose that can help improve your diabetes control, give GOMUKHASANA a try. It’s a great way to start your day or end an evening yoga practice. Happy practicing!
We all want to live a healthy lifestyle, but it can be challenging when you have diabetes. Yoga is an effective form of exercise that many people with diabetes find helpful in managing their condition and improving their overall health. The poses listed below are designed for those living with diabetes and may help lower blood sugar levels while strengthening your muscles and joints at the same time! Try one or more of these yoga poses today. It’s worth trying!