Tackle Diabetes with YOGA

Are you unusually losing weight? Do you need to pay frequent visits to the bathroom to urinate? Do you feel hungry or thirsty too often? If ‘Yes’ then you are the risk of high blood sugar, either due to low production of insulin in the body, or lack of response from the blood cells to the insulin produced. In either case, it’s always good to consult a doctor at the earliest.
Diabetes can be classified as Type 1 or type 2. Whatever the case, the earlier the condition is treated, the better it is for the individual. And for this, yoga and meditation, along with good lifestyle practices, can be your escorts.  It seems to be very tough to do but it is not! Diabetes can never be taken lightly so get up from the couch! And move towards healthy living!!!

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Regular yoga practice can help reduce the level of sugar in the blood, along with lowering blood pressure, keeping a weight check, reducing the symptoms and slowing the rate of progression of diabetes, as well as lessening the severity of further complications. Let’s see how. Like for most lifestyle diseases, stress is one of the major reasons for diabetes. It increases the secretion of glucagon hormones in the body, responsible for increasing blood glucose levels. Consistent practice of yoga asanas (body postures), pranayama  and a few minutes of daily meditation can help reduce stress in the mind and body. This, in turn, reduces glucagon and can also help improve insulin action. The practice of yoga is also proven to reduce weight as well as control increasing weight, which is particularly important to keep diabetes in check. Sun Salutation and Kapal Bhati pranayama are one of the best ways to weight loss.Diabetes can also be worsened with the occurrence of high blood pressure, or hypertension. Yoga asanas, such as the Corpse Pose, Bridge Pose, Child Pose, and Yoga Nidra are all helpful in controlling hypertension. Other yoga postures that are helpful in diabetes include Vajrasana (kneeling pose), Shoulder Stand, Plow Pose, Lying-Down Body Twist, Bow Posture, Two-Legged Forward Bend, and Sitting Half-Spinal Twist.

exercises ,aasanas, pranayamas, on one side but we cannot ignore our diet which is the base of our healthy living. The type of food you eat and how much can be greatly responsible for diabetes and other lifestyle diseases. It is therefore important to: Eat at least three meals a day, along with one or two snacks evenly spaced out throughout the day. As far as possible, have each meal/snack at about the same time every day. Avoid skipping your meals.

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It is suggested by doctors and health experts to have more natural diet then giving much concentration on junk food because of it contains a lot of preservatives, artificial colors, etc which reduces its nutritive value and badly affects the health of diabetics. One should add more of pulses, fresh green vegetables, oatmeal, fruits, etc. Adding plenty of non-starchy vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach and green beans, to your diet, diabetes experts say. These foods are high in fiber and low in carbohydrates, which make them ideal for people with diabetes.

In contrast, starchy vegetables include peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, broad beans, corn and butternut squash. There’s no need to cut them from the diet. They do give us additional nutrients. We want to maintain balance, but because starchy vegetables have more carbohydrates and raise blood sugar more, it’s important to stick to proper portion sizes.

.Nevertheless, some foods, such as white bread, are converted almost right away to blood sugar, causing a quick spike. Other foods, such as brown rice, are digested more slowly, causing a lower and gentler change in blood sugar.Per day calorie intake should be between 1,500-1,800 calories with a proportion of 60:20:20 between carbohydrates, fats and proteins, respectively.  One should learn to balance their meals and make the healthiest food choices.

Materialistic race of world snatch away healthy life, so there is urgent need to fight against such diseases which slowly and gradually increases and affects your body brutally. Heart disease and blood vessel disease are the biggest complications that people with uncontrolled diabetes face. In 2004, approximately 68% of diabetes-related death certificates among people aged 65 years or older were related to heart disease, with stroke being noted in 16% of death certificates.  Diabetes can also cause poor blood flow in the legs and feet (peripheral artery disease).

Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about two to four times higher than adults without diabetes. The risk for stroke is two to four times higher .Many studies show that controlling diabetes can prevent or stop the progression of heart and blood vessel disease. Blood vessel damage or nerve damage may also lead to foot problems that can lead to amputations. More than 60% of leg and foot amputations not related to an injury are due to diabetes. Living with diabetes increases with various joint aches, leads to poor eye sight, etc

Therefore it is our need to be fit and healthy, just 30 minutes of exercise and easy diet will allow to stay fit and control your diabetes effectively!

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