Diabetes Health

Yoga Poses To Manage Diabetes

Written by Dr. Vinod Kumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.


Diabetes mellitus is a life style associated disorder which is characterized by increased levels of blood sugar. Diagnosis of diabetes is not a temporary phenomenon but an event which affects an individual for the rest of life. Population of type 2 diabetes mellitus is on rise continuously. In 2010, 6.4% population of the world was found to be having diabetes.

It is important to mention that diagnosis of diabetes mellitus type 2 is not restricted only to adults. Now increasingly the trend is being observed in children and adolescents who are overweight and have two or more additional risk factors. This trend indicates long lasting adverse effects on world’s overall health and will also affect its economy.

Risk Factors:

Apart from a positive family history of diabetes, there are few other factors which increase the risk of diabetes:

  • Obesity.
  • Lack of physical activity.
  • Malnutrition in utero.
  • Dietary habits.
  • Stress.

Common Symptoms:

It is very important to know that type 2 diabetes mellitus can stay in the body without any symptoms for years together. Some of the common symptoms are:

  • Fatigue.
  • Frequent urination (polyuria).
  • Weakness.
  • Change in weight.
  • Increased thirst (polydipsia).
  • Increased appetite (polyphagia).
  • Frequent infections.

Uncontrolled diabetes in long run results in kidney failure, problems related with eyes (diabetic retinopathy), numbness of feet (diabetic neuropathy), non-healing wounds, hypertension, coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease etc. Skin problems are also common in people with diabetes.

Conventional medicine has been dealing with the menace of diabetes for long and is successful to some extent. But being a life style disorder, more emphasis needs to be given on life style modification. This fact brings attention towards yoga.

Management Of Diabetes:

Management of diabetes includes:

  • Patient education.
  • Nutrition management.
  • Oral drugs.
  • Insulin treatment.
  • Physical activity and yoga.

Till date there are more than 70 research papers which prove the efficacy of yoga for diabetes prevention and management.

Yoga Practices which are Found to be Beneficial for Diabetics are:

  • Vakrasana.
  • Mandukasana.
  • Ardhamatsyendrasana.
  • Suyanamaskara.
  • Kapalbhati pranayama.
  • Bhastrika pranayama.

As long as we are not able to focus on each and every part of diabetes management mentioned above, it will be difficult to control it.

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Last reviewed at: 07.Sep.2018



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