Yogic management of Diabetes

I am writing this post to reply my beloved blog readers. In last few months my  Inbox is filled with questions asking about mudra treatment for  Diabetes mellitus, even though I had already posted the mudras readers still want more I am now introducing the mudras, yoga asanas and simple diet for Diabetes in this post. Also, I will post some articles about diabetes treat generally, and other alternate medicines and also will present the lifestyle needed for the diabetic people to have a beautiful and healthy life. With yoga and simple mudra

Diabetes is a disease of the prosperous and in wealthy countries. It is one of the major health problems. Dietary sugars and starch are broken down to glucose by the process of digestion, and this glucose is the major fuel for the various processes, organs, and cells of the body. Glucose metabolism is under the control of the hormone insulin, which is secreted by the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach. When this gland becomes stressed or exhausted, the hormone insulin becomes deficient in quantity or sensitivity. As a result, the blood sugar level becomes high and uncontrolled; then patient suffers from Diabetes.

Type I: Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) or Juvenile onset

In this type of diabetes, the hormone insulin is entirely or almost completely absent from the islets of langerhans and plasma, and insulin treatment is essential. It is called insulin-dependent diabetes because of compulsory periodic insulin administration, to control the rise of blood- glucose level. It can 122 occur at any age, though it most commonly occurs during the younger age.

Type II: Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM) or Maturity Onset

This type of diabetes is much more common than juvenile onset and most often occurs in people who are over 40 and weight. Since it occurs in the later stage in life, it is termed as maturity onset diabetes. In this condition of diabetes, the hormone insulin is often present in plasma at near-normal or even above the normal level, and additional insulin is not required to sustain life and to maintain normal blood glucose level. Patient with this type of diabetes produces little or excessive insulin in their pancreas, it either is not enough for proper function or is not being produced quickly enough to influence glucose levels in the blood effectively. This happens probably due to defects in molecular machinery that mediate the action of insulin on its target cells. That is why this diabetes is called non- insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.

Causes for diabetes

Yogic science recognizes two interrelated causes of diabetes. Firstly long term devitalization and sluggishness of the digestive process due to dietary abuse, overeating, obesity and lack of exercise. High intake of sugar and carbohydrate rich diet is 123 especially implicated. If a person takes a large amount of sugar, sweets or chocolates, etc. then his pancreas is ready to respond by pouring out a large amount of insulin to rapidly manage the rocketing blood sugar level without incident.However, if such a sugar-rich diet is eaten every day, the pancreas is being called upon constantly to secrete enormous amounts of insulin, and it begins to get tired and become depleted. Insulin production in response to sugar stimulation becomes increasingly inadequate. As a result, the blood remains saturated with sugar for long periods of time; it is then only a matter of time before diabetes is diagnosed. This usually occurs when the patient attends the doctor for investigation of one of the symptoms of high blood sugar e.g. an excessive thirst or urination, a resistant skin or urinary infection or failing eyesight.

The second causative factor is that diabetes is stress related. The stress and frustrations of the modern sedentary man mostly manifest on the mental and emotional planes, unlike our ancestors who had to wage a physical battle for survival. Nevertheless, the adrenal glands are in a constant state of activation, spilling the“stress hormone” adrenaline into the blood stream. This is a potent stimulus to the body to mobilize glucose into the blood. In this way, a constant heavy burden of worries and anxiety imposes a constant demand for insulin secretion, which can ultimately precipitate especially in conjunction with sugar.

Symptoms of diabetes

The most marked symptoms are polyuria and polydipsia. The patient may pass a lot of urine in 24 hours. The urine is clear and of low specific gravity (1002-2004) and osmolarity. The osmotic effect of increased levels of blood glucose causes more thirst and hunger. These classified symptoms, however, are not the normal presentation.Sometimes the patient suffers a frozen shoulder, and this can be a manifestation of diabetes. Lethargy, weight loss and easy susceptibility to infections, particularly of the skin (like a simple boil or fungal infection) excessive hunger, craving for sweets and sweating are some of the other symptoms.

Normally, the fasting level of blood glucose is less than 90 mg/dl and the postprandial (2 hours) level is less than 120 mg/dl. If the post- prandial sugar level is between 150 and 200 mg, the condition is labeled as an impaired tolerance, and if above 200. It is frank diabetes.

Yogic Management of Diabetes

Yogasana is ideally suited for both types of Diabetes Mellitus. In Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus, asanas help ton prevent an increase in insulin required over the years. In NIDDM, asanas help to normalize blood sugar due to the high-intensity workout. Yogic exercises can either be of high or low intensity, depending on the clinical condition. Young active diabetics can be made to practice very intense asanas in a dynamic manner, which will increase the cellular activity of the muscle, which needs more sugar. The advanced asanas require a lot of energy, and this helps normalize blood sugar but, if the person is obese, asana practice is difficult and it is easier to reduce weight by other means and then take up Yoga.The single advantage of the asana system is that the internal organs, which are directly affected by the geometric shape of the asana itself. Even an elderly diabetic can practice it without any danger.

The force of arterial flow can be increased and directed to any organ, which is of immense use in the diabetic state. In standing poses, the skeletal muscles increase their uptake of sugar. Hence, the tissues retain insulin sensitivity. Capillary changes are easily prevented by Yoga as the action is on the vessel wall.Yoga is microcellular in its action. At the internal organs are massaged, sensitivity to insulin and uptake of sugar are enhanced. Twisting poses squeeze the intestines and massage them. Hence, stagnation of colonic contents due to autonomic dysfunction cannot occur. Asanas also pressurize the pancreas to improve the secretary status. The massage of the pancreas by forwarding bends and twisting helps to release more insulin in response to food Backward bends, being very strenuous, help to reduce blood sugar. Backbends improve blood supply to all abdominal and pelvic organs. This ensures the healthy cellular integrity, and due to the message, no deposit are formed. Forward bends increase the gastric fire and help healthy digestion of food. This prevents fluctuations of sugar levels in a diabetic. Burning up of excess sugar is promoted by the stimulation of gastric fire.

Pranayama increases the natural immunity of the body and vital capacity of lungs. Pranayama is highly valuable for improving oxygen perfusion to tissues. As it also removes stress on the system, the progression of blockage is arrested. Oxygen delivery to the tissue is systematic and sure. Tissue hypoxia never occurs.Sympathetic and parasympathetic stabilization prevent autonomic dysfunction.It is very useful for all complication of the diabetic state particularly cardiac autonomic dysfunction, retinopathy and peripheral arterial occlusive conditions.

From the above facts, it is clear that Diabetes is lifestyle disease. It decreases the auto Immune system of human body and produces a lot of complication in life. But yogic lifestyle, specific Asanas, Pranayamas will be stimulating auto healing systems of the body as a result of that remove the complications of the diabetic state.

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the human being. It is a metabolic disease in which primary problem is the defective utilization of sugar by the body. Pancreas gland produces the hormone insulin, which controls the body’s ability to store and utilize sugar.Insufficient production of insulin results in the inability of the body of use indigestion sugar, causing excessive amounts to be released into the blood and also passed out with the urine. This dangerous and widespread disease is known as diabetes. Specific Yogasana and Pranayama should be done daily. Lifestyle is very useful for all complication of the diabetic state.

Difficult and it is easier to reduce weight by other means and then 5take up Yoga.The single advantage of the asana system is that the internal organs, which are directly affected by the geometric shape of the asana itself. Even an elderly diabetic can practice it without any danger.

The force of arterial flow can be increased and directed to any organ, which is of immense use in the diabetic state. In standing poses, the skeletal muscles increase their uptake of sugar. Hence, the tissues retain insulin sensitivity. Capillary changes are easily prevented by Yoga as the action is on the vessel wall.Yoga is microcellular in its action. At the internal organs are massaged, sensitivity to insulin and uptake of sugar are
enhanced. Twisting poses squeeze the intestines and massage them. Hence, stagnation of colonic contents due to autonomic dysfunction cannot occur. Asanas also pressurize the pancreas to improve the secretary status. It massage of the pancreas by forwarding bends and twisting helps to release more insulin in response to food Backward bends, being very strenuous, contribute to reducing blood sugar. Backbends improve blood supply to all abdominal and pelvic organs. This ensures the healthy cellular integrity, and due to the massage, no deposit are formed. Forward bends increase the gastric fire and help healthy digestion of food. This prevents fluctuations of sugar levels in a person with diabetes. Burning up of excess sugar is promoted by the stimulation of gastric fire.

Pranayama increases the natural immunity of the body and vital capacity of lungs. Pranayama is highly valuable for improving oxygen perfusion to tissues. As it also removes stress on the system, the progression of blockage is arrested. Oxygen delivery to the tissue is systematic and sure. Tissue hypoxia never occurs.
Sympathetic and parasympathetic stabilization prevent autonomic dysfunction.It is very useful for all complication of the diabetic state particularly cardiac autonomic dysfunction, retinopathy, and peripheral arterial occlusive conditions.

From the above facts, it is clear that Diabetes is lifestyle disease. It decreases the auto Immune system of human body and produces a lot of complication in life. But yogic lifestyle, specific Asanas, Pranayamas will be stimulating auto healing systems of body as a result of that remove the complications of the diabetic
state.

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the human being. It is a metabolic disease in which primary problem is the defective utilization of sugar by the body. Pancreas gland produces the hormone insulin, which controls the body’s ability to store and utilize sugar.Insufficient production of insulin results in the inability of
the body of use indigestion sugar, causing excessive amounts to be released into the blood and also passed out with the urine. This dangerous and widespread disease is known as diabetes. Specific Yogasana and Pranayama should be done daily. Lifestyle is very useful for all complication of the diabetic state.

 Asanas: Sarvangasana or Viparita karani, Halasana, Matsyasana, Vakrasana or Ardha-matsyendrasana, Naukasana, Pavanmuktasana, Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana, Ushtrasana, Vrikshasana, Shavasana

Kriyas: Neti, Vaman or Vastra dhauti, Kapalbhati, Nauli and Agnisara.

Pranayama: Anulom-Vilom, Ujjayi, Bhramari (minimum ten rounds of each).
Meditation: (10 to 20 minutes).

Diet to control Diabetes:


Brawn added atta for Chapatis, methi, Karela and palak, vegetable salad, jamun and fruit juices can control diabetes. Two three flowers of Sadabahar is a useful preventive method.

Mudras: Gyan mudra , Kapha-Kaarak or Pitta-naashak mudra , Apaan mudra

 

The mudras and pranayamas also the kriyas can be found on this site or any other useful yoga sites.

I will be writing some more articles to change the lifestyle of diabetic people in coming days.

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