Yoga for Diabetes
Health Benefits of Yoga
People have practiced yoga for hundreds of years. Research shows that yoga can help improve your overall quality of life as well as help manage symptoms specific to diabetes.
Yoga is both a physical activity and a mental one. The word comes from the Sanskrit word for yoking, or to join or unite. It mixes specific postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. It may help you:
Why Yoga Might Help
Physical activity is a big part of staying healthy with diabetes. And regular exercise is one of the best types of physical movement.
Yoga can be a good choice if you’re looking for something that’s gentler on your joints and won’t leave you huffing and puffing. Most types of yoga aren’t aerobic, which is when your heart beats faster and your body uses more oxygen. But if you do it at high-enough speed, you can make yoga into a cardio workout.
Yoga also can be a form of resistance, or strength, training, which uses free weights or your own body weight to help build muscles. Resistance exercise has shown to better regulate blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It also helps your cells respond better to insulin and convert glucose in your bloodstream into energy.