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Yoga for Diabetes

Yoga for Fitness

An estimated 18 million Americans have diabetes, making it one of the most serious conditions affecting the nation's health. But as prevalent as diabetes is, it is also preventable and reversible with the proper lifestyle behaviors.

Yoga, with its far-reaching physical and lifestyle benefits, can help to improve non-insulin dependent diabetes or Type 2 diabetes.

Two studies conducted in India showed that performing yoga postures had a beneficial effect on diabetes. The effects seen were an improvement in insulin sensitivity, a decrease in fasting glucose levels, and a significant decrease in waist-hip ratio.

Exercise has long been known to have a positive effect on diabetes. Yoga is both a physical workout with a cardiovascular and strength-training component as well as a lifestyle that heightens awareness on how daily actions such as nutrition, exercise and reaction to stress contribute to or take away from one's sense of wellness.

Researchers believe that it is the cumulative effects of yoga's many benefits that support diabetes prevention or the successful management of the disease.

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