The World over, Diabetes is becoming a major challenge. This is especially true in USA, India, South Asia and some Mediterranean countries. Diabetes is no longer restricted to those who have a genetic predisposition. It is now a full fledged ‘lifestyle disease’ and can happen to anyone even if you do not have it in your genes. Given the upcoming American Diabetes Awareness Day, it is important to know the causes for Diabetes, which has also been known as ‘madhumeha’ in ancient Indian texts.
Causes For Diabetes
- Incorrect eating and sleeping habits and overeating.
- Lack of physical activity and exercise of some form.
- Air pollution is now established as a major cause which can cause metabolic changes and cause diabetes.
- Pollutants and hormones in foods, especially in processed non-vegetarian foods and vegetables grown using chemicals.
- Combining certain food groups causes diabetes. A prime example is combining beef or red meat with diary products, milk or yogurt.
- Stress is a major game changer and can cause blood sugar imbalances.
- Alcohol even in moderation and substance abuse cause insulin imbalances.
Why Worry About Diabetes
Diabetes by itself is not a disease in that sense. It is actually a symptom that the there is an imbalance created in the body. There is something which has gone wrong and we need to correct it. If we do not take action to change our lifestyles or eating habits, then a lot of other diseases can occur. Diabetes is the gateway to ill health. Therefore, controlling your sugar or correcting the Insulin – glucose imbalance is important.
Diabetes Is Curable Or Reversible
Till now the popular belief was that once you get diabetes, it remains with you forever. However, this is not the case. There are many interventions available in conjunction with your regular medications that help to correct or improve diabetes. A lot of these are alternate therapies like naturopathy. Ayurveda also has a lot of good medicines for diabetes. One of the best ones is methi seeds, also known as fenugreek seeds. Eating these in various forms helps bring blood sugar in control.
In many cases, effective management of the condition ensures there is no deterioration of health at all and in fact, many diabetics are more healthy than even non-diabetics. This is because they take corrective action and become more disciplined. It has been therefore seen that diabetics who take charge of their health live longer and more healthy and also do not get any cardiac problems.
There has been a large amount of research done now on Yoga and its impact on Diabetes. There have been multiple studies done in India which show that most diabetics manage to reduce their blood sugar in just six months of regular practice. Most of them reduce their blood sugar by half and more than a third reach normal sugar levels. Many of them are able to reduce insulin in case of type 2 diabetes and many of them go off insulin, totally. Some are then only able to manage with a tablet a day.
There has been a recent cohort study concluded by Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai with astounding results. Persons with borderline diabetes or pre-diabetics reverted to normal or did not deteriorate for as long as ten to fifteen years; without any medication! They were only taken through a Yoga program and had to practice it regularly. Regular practice means at least four to five times a day for a minimum of six months to a year in a row.
All of this clearly underscores the importance of Yoga for Diabetes. There are many teachers and asanas and techniques which one can practice for diabetes. However, two of the best practices are given below.
Of course you need to practice a proper Yoga for Diabetes program for a few months. If you like the videos above, then you may opt for the online yoga for diabetes program to take charge of your sugar levels.