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Where Can I Find Information About Yoga for Diabetics?
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Terry Ferreira

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March 23, 2012 - 5:18 am
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Like to confirm the yoga poses for diabetics and to help and stimulate insulin production from the pancreas.


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Half Seated Twist, Seated Forward Fold, Bow, and Plow stimulate the pancreas by compressing it. However, finding specific studies to prove this to the medical community is a task. Some say the yoga studies are only for type 2 diabetes, but I can't find a study to back up any claims. If anyone has anything, please come forward.


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March 23, 2012 - 3:38 pm
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Hi Terry and Sangeetha,

The following information originates from and the article was written by Lila Roe. She also supplies some good references, as well.

"Yoga and Blood Sugar Control

A study published in the January 1993 issue of "Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice" had type 2 diabetics practice yoga for 40 days. Of the 149 patients who participated, 69 percent had a positive response to the therapy in terms of lowered blood sugar levels and reduced need for medication to control blood sugar.

Yoga and the Pancreas

In type 2 diabetics, the pancreas often stops producing adequate amounts of insulin due to a prolonged period of increased demand. This lack of insulin leads to high levels of sugar in the blood. A study published in the September 2005 "Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology" looked at the effects of performing four sets of asanas on the release of insulin from the pancreas. Researchers found that after performing the poses, the pancreas appeared to become more sensitive to signals that indicate the pancreas should release insulin to move glucose out of the bloodstream.

Suggested Asanas

A wide variety of yoga poses exists. Some of the poses used in diabetes-specific research include the bow pose, seated twist, plow, thunderbolt, boat, cobra, bridge and wind-relieving pose. Yogi Mahavatar Babaji, who runs yoga centers around the world, suggests the following poses for diabetics specifically: sitting crane, standing crane, serpent pose, shoulder stand, wheel pose, grasshopper pose and spinal twist. When it comes to learning specific asanas, you can find many websites run by yoga professionals who offer step-by-step instructions. Your best bet, however, would be to find a yoga teacher who can teach you the poses. Again, depending on the presence of other conditions, certain poses could increase your risk of injury. If you have eye problems, you should not perform an exercise like a shoulder stand."

If anyone has research, studies, or clinical tests regarding stimulating the pancreas with Yoga asanas, please help us out.

Many Thanks


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March 25, 2012 - 10:33 pm
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Hate to mention this area of the forum is for new yoga teacher questions. This thread has an older sister thread in the forums titled: Yoga for specific health conditions. The thread name is Yoga for Diabetics.

There is a ton of information over there for all kinds of health conditions and it would help if we kept ourselves organized for the sake of people who are doing research. I was just visiting IAYTs site and they don't give a crumb of information for free. They must have access to studies, but their site gives nothing. The Joslin Research center at Harvard Medical School has been doing research on Yoga for Diabetes.

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