Yoga Helps to Reduce Blood Sugar Levels in People With Type 2 Diabetes

Mind-body practices which include meditation and yoga have become popular tools for the promotion of health and fighting diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Roughly 66% of American individuals with type 2 diabetes make use of mind-body practices and a lot of them do so to help manage blood sugar.1✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
DOI: 10.1089/jicm.2022.0586

Research now shows mind-body practices can effectively help reduce blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes individuals. According to the researchers, certain mind-body practices could be as effective as typically prescribed medications for blood glucose level reduction in type 2 diabetes individuals.

Data were analyzed from worldwide conducted randomized controlled studies. The researchers found 28 studies in which type 2 diabetes individuals started a mind-body practice as well as taking medication and the results were compared to those of individuals who only took medication for reducing blood sugar levels.

The study analyzed a variety of mind-body practices such as mindfulness stress reduction, meditation, yoga, and qigong, and how they affected blood glucose levels, revealing that all of the mind-body practices resulted in significant blood sugar level reductions.

Overall, the mind-body practices resulted in an average .84% in hemoglobin A1c reduction, a measurement of the past 3 months' average blood glucose level. Yoga provided the greatest benefit, approximately a 1% reduction in hemoglobin A1c. The researchers explained that a 1% reduction is especially significant because the most prescribed diabetes drug known as metformin reduces hemoglobin A1c in type 2 diabetes individuals by an average of 1.1%.

What's important about these study results is that the effect is significant over and above the standard of care, revealing that mind-body practices helped individuals achieve reductions in blood glucose levels in addition to the reductions they were obtaining from medication.

The research indicates that mind-body practices could be utilized as a complementary non-pharmacological treatment for type 2 diabetes individuals and possibly as a preventive measure as well.

More effective methods for managing type 2 diabetes are required, given that approximately half of type 2 diabetes individuals succeed in reducing blood sugar levels to the target level of 7% hemoglobin A1c. The number of pre-diabetic Americans has also increased to approximately a third.

The studies had been conducted in various countries, which further suggests that mind-body practices could help benefit type 2 diabetes individuals around the world.

Yoga Helps To Reduce Blood Sugar Levels In People With Type 2 Diabetes

Image by Irina L from Pixabay

Want to use our images on your site? Right click on image for embed code



close

Simply copy and paste the code below to embed the image on your page

Health Blog Icon 2015

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest evidence based health and fitness updates.

You have Successfully Subscribed!