Research: SHANTAKUMARI and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

SHANTAKUMARI and COLLEAGUES,  Department of Physiology, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, P.O. Box 4184, UAE. nisha@gmu.ac.ae assessed the effectiveness of yoga in the management of dyslipidemia in patients of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Background

The present study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of yoga in the management of dyslipidemia in patients of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Methodology

This randomized parallel study was carried out in Medical College Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Hundred type 2 diabetics with dyslipidemia were randomized into control and yoga groups. The control group was prescribed oral hypoglycemic drugs. The yoga group practised yoga daily for 1 hr duration along with oral hypoglycemic drugs for 3 months. The lipid profiles of both the groups were compared at the start and at the end of 3 months.

Results

After intervention with yoga for a period of 3 months the study group showed a decrease in total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL, with an improvement in HDL.

Conclusion

Yoga, being a lifestyle incorporating exercise and stress management training, targets the elevated lipid levels in patients with diabetes through integrated approaches.

References

Shantakumari N, Sequeira S and El deeb R.  Effects of a yoga intervention on lipid profiles of diabetes patients with dyslipidemia. Indian Heart Journal.  65(2):127-31. Mar-Apr 2013. Other ID: NLM. PMC3861018.

Comment

If this research is replicated and communicated throughout the medical profession, we can hope for prescriptions of exercise, yoga and stress management to diabetes patients, along with insulin tablets and injections.

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