Diabetes: Yoga And Meditation, Does It Help?

Can Yoga And Meditation Help Diabetes?

 Diabetes is a disorder of sugar metabolism and is based on complex, fundamental changes in the cells of the body. Fortunately, the body is intricately connected with the brain so that, through practices like yoga and meditation, the brain can influence the way the body responds to sugar.

The term holistic medicine refers to treating the person as a whole instead of simply focusing on a disease they may have or its symptoms, as is typical in western medicine.

You go to the doctor and he or she prescribes some medication or possibly surgery, but a holistic practitioner will investigate all angles of your life to determine which areas need improvement in order to bring you to a state of total wellness and not just as it pertains to your current condition. Holistic medicine offers alternative therapies, like yoga and meditation to address the many issues that can contribute to and help manage type 2 diabetes.yoga-and-meditation-for-digestion

For many hundreds of years eastern cultures have found remedies from natural methods that utilized plants for medicinal purposes and non-invasive practices like acupuncture, yoga and meditation to deal with disease, mental and emotional afflictions, and common ailments.

Today, these natural therapies are still in use. They provide much needed complementary forms of treatment options to modern medical care.

Transcendental meditation is one such option and is a mind/body technique involving profound rest of the body with a focus on breathing and saying mantras so that you achieve a natural state of peace. Your body responds in kind and begins to function in a healthier way.

How does diabetes develop?

 Type 2 diabetes develops in stages. In the beginning, the insulin released by the pancreas does not function efficiently because the cells of the body are interfering with insulin’s ability to bring sugar into the cells for fuel. The pancreas, continuing to detect elevations in blood sugar, puts out higher amounts of insulin and, as a result, becomes overworked.

An overworked pancreas is unable to secrete as much insulin as it should. This causes the cells of the pancreas responsible for producing insulin begin to fail. At this point, the medications that serve to protect the cells against insulin resistance work less effectively.

How can meditation help?

 Research has shown that yoga and meditation can help diabetes, especially in the early stages. It helps reduce insulin resistance so that the cells take in blood sugar for food. Even if some damage has already been done to the pancreas, meditation can still exert an influence over the overall cellular processes that make up diabetes.Is-Yoga-and-meditation-a-Cureall-for-Diabetes

No one really knows how your mind is capable of doing this; however, the cause and effect has been established.

You can still naturally and seamlessly aid the rest of your body to make do with the insulin that is being produced by the pancreas. Unless the pancreas is irreversibly damaged beyond its ability to make insulin, you can still use transcendental meditation to affect changes in your diabetic state.

What about stress and diabetes?

 It is known that when the body is under stress, it produces cortisol, epinephrine, and nor-epinephrine from the adrenal glands. These stress hormones make the interaction between insulin and blood sugar less effective. This brings about a rise in blood sugar. One of the most common effects of yoga and meditation is to reduce stress. The mere reduction in stress can lower the adrenal hormone levels and can reduce the blood sugar elevations in diabetes. Diabetes is then less problematic to the body.

Cortisol increases whenever we are under chronic stress and it has the direct effect of raising blood sugar levels. In addition, people tend to eat the wrong foods when they are under stress. We also eat more calories when we’re under stress so that we gain weight. Obesity itself sets up a worsened pattern of insulin resistance and the diabetes worsens. Meditation can lessen stress, bringing down blood sugar levels along with an increase in well being and a reduction in weight.

When we’re under stress, we also tend to eat more at night. Insulin resistance tends to be worse at night around 3 o’clock in the morning. The blood sugar levels spike and are less affected by the medications taken for diabetes. This means that controlling stress and anxiety is particularly important in the management of diabetes. Meditation can help keep us stress-free and can control the diabetes at the same time. Meditation creates a steady state in the body. This way, hormones and metabolism are better controlled.