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What yoga poses can diabetic patients do to keep their blood sugar levels normal?


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Published At May 15, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a 45-year-old female. I have had type 2 diabetes for a year. I take my medications regularly. However, sometimes I find that my blood sugar levels go beyond 190 mg/dL postprandial. Can doing yoga help in controlling my blood sugar levels? What specific poses are advisable for diabetic patients to keep their blood sugar within the normal range? Please help.

Answered by Dr. Raveendran S R


Welcome to icliniq, and thank you for choosing us as your provider for health care.

I have gone through your history and understand your concerns.

Yoga can indeed benefit managing blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes. While yoga alone may not replace medication, it can complement your existing treatment plan and improve overall health and well-being. Yoga can help reduce stress, improve insulin sensitivity, promote weight loss, and increase physical activity, all of which are beneficial for diabetes management. Here are some yoga poses that may be particularly helpful for managing blood sugar levels:

  1. Surya namaskar (sun salutation).
  2. Trikonasana (triangle pose).
  3. Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend).
  4. Bhujangasana (cobra pose).
  5. Dhanurasana (bow pose).
  6. Ardha Matsyendrasana (half lord of the fishes pose).
  7. Balasana (child's pose).

It is important to remember that consistency and moderation are key when practicing yoga for diabetes management. It is also advisable to consult with a certified yoga instructor, especially if you are new to yoga or have any health concerns. Continue to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly and communicate with your healthcare provider about any changes in your diabetes management plan.

Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Raveendran S R
Dr. Raveendran S R


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