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Practicing yoga benefits diabetics

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A recent study suggests that practicing yoga can help patients with type 2 diabetes lose a small amount of weight and control their blood sugar.

A study of 123 middle-aged and older adults showed that diabetics who took part in gentle yoga classes besides standard diabetes care, managed to reduce a handful of pounds over three months, Reuters reported.

According to the results published in the journal Diabetes Care, the average measure of weight in relation to height called BMI declined from 25.9 to 25.4 in participants who did yoga. A BMI between 25 and 30 is considered overweight.

Moreover, yoga practitioners managed to control and keep their average blood sugar levels steady better than those who did not took part in yoga sessions.

The study, however, does not suggest that yoga should replace other forms of exercise for people with type 2 diabetes because vigorous physical activity is more effective in warding off obesity, which is important for diabetics, said leader of the study Shreelaxmi V. Hegde of the Srinivas Institute of Medical Science and Research Center in Mangalore, India.

"In our study the effect of yoga on BMI (body mass index) and blood sugar control was marginal," Hegde added saying ”it should [also] be noted that yoga controlled the blood sugar levels which otherwise rose in the control group."

The study also showed that yoga practices declined signs of oxidative stress, a situation in which harmful active molecules or free radicals rise beyond the body’s capacity to neutralize them.

If the oxidative stress decline is sustained over time, it might lower the chances of diabetes complications, including heart and kidney disease, nerve damage and damage to the blood vessels of the eyes.

Source: presstv.ir

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