Yoga for diabetes, if done the right way, can work wonders to lower your blood sugar levels naturally.
Yoga also helps reduce the risk of potential complications. In the early stage of diabetes, yoga can help control sugar levels. Certain poses may even help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels while improving circulation.
Right now there are 15% of adults in the U.S. with diabetes, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates another 38% have prediabetes. One way to control blood sugar is through exercise. Although any exercise is helpful, research shows yoga in particular helps.
One 2014 study of 11,000 people found that three months of a yoga-based lifestyle was associated with remission of prediabetes and prevention of Type 2 diabetes.
In addition, seated postures and forward bends were associated with better pancreatic function. Researchers believe this is due to these poses massaging the pancreas and stimulating the secretion of insulin.
One pose, legs-up-the-wall, is a restorative inversion that allows for relaxation and can lower stress levels, which helps lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels as well as relieving headaches, boosting energy and increasing circulation.
Start by sitting with your right side against a wall. Then swing your legs up along the wall as you move to lay flat on your back. Your body should form a 90-degree angle against the wall.
Keep your butt as close to the wall as possible. Relax your neck and chin and stretch out your arms to the side with your palms face up. Hold for 5 to 15 minutes. Release by gently sliding your legs down to the side.
The American Diabetes Association recommends 150 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous activity per week. Spread that activity out but go no more than two consecutive days without activity.
Of course, exercise is not a replacement for taking insulin, and being active doesn’t mean you no longer need to track your glucose levels.