Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
Int J Yoga. 2018 May-Aug;11(2):129-138. PMID: 29755222
Purpose: This study aimed to investigate the effects of 12 weeks yogic intervention on blood sugar and lipid profile in elder women with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
Subjects and Methods: Twenty elderly (age range 55-70 years) T2DM women were divided into two groups, namely, yogic intervention group (YIG:= 10, age 64.70± 4.03, body mass index [BMI] 24.26 ± 3.40) and control group (CG:= 10, age 64.40± 4.79, BMI 24.28 ± 2.36). YIG underwent yoga practice (Asanas, Kriyas, Pranayamas) for 12 weeks (3 sessions/week), while the CG continued their usual routine activities. Standing height, body weight, BMI, blood sugar, and lipid profile were measured before commencement and after 6 and 12 weeks ofyogic intervention in both groups.
Results: There was a significant (<0.01) decrease in fasting plasma glucose, postprandial blood sugar, total cholesterol, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein, and very low density lipoprotein, with a significant (<0.01) increase in high-density lipoprotein level from its initial value in YIG, while showing insignificant result in CG.
Conclusion: It can be said that yogic intervention may have the beneficial effects on blood sugar and lipid profile in elderly women with T2DM.