What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are NOT normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose(sugar) for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ near the stomach, produces a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into our body cells. When you have diabetes, your body either does not make enough insulin or can not use its own insulin as it should. This problem causes glucose to build up in your blood.
A) Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus:
This type is formally called insulin dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes. This type results when the pancreas lose its ability to produce insulin. It can appear at any age. Type 1 diabetes can not be prevented and there is no practical way to predict who will get it. Treatment for Type 1 diabetes is a life long commitment of taking insulin, eating healthy food, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and monitoring blood glucose.
B) Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus:
This type is formally called non-insulin dependent diabetes or adult onset diabetes. Here the body is not producing enough insulin to meet the body’s need or the body is unable to respond to insulin. This type is commonly seen among adults, especially after the age of 45.
Like type 1 diabetes, type 2 also involves lifelong management covering medication, diet, exercise and monitoring blood glucose levels.
C) Gestational Diabetes:
This condition commonly develops in pregnancy, where the blood glucose level is elevated and other diabetic symptoms appear in pregnant women who were previously not diagnosed with diabetes. Usually gestational diabetes goes away after the baby’s birth and blood glucose levels return to normal, however there are cases where the mother is at significant risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
D) Child Diabetes:
Children of all ages can have diabetes. Symptoms and treatments are detailed below. Yoga meditations are recommended only after 4 years of age.
The main cause of diabetes is insufficient production of insulin by pancreas. The blood starts retaining excessive sugar. When the kidneys find high level of sugar in the blood they start to get rid of it through urine. The point at which the kidneys allow sugar to mix with the urine, is called renal threshold. In the process of getting rid of the excess sugar, the kidneys also get rid of too much water in which it is dissolved. This explains more urine and is called pleurae. The higher the blood sugar level, the more often the child urinates, causing dehydration and excessive thirst, which is called polydipsia.
The body needs energy to survive. When insulin production is reduced the cells don’t get enough energy, the body starts to breakdown. There is weight loss and in this process the body starts to produce a potentially poisonous bi-products called Ketones. This ends in a serious condition and unless promptly and properly treated it could even be fatal.
Early symptoms Child Diabetes Type 1:
1. Frequent urination in large amount.
2. Excessive thirst.
3. Dry feeling in mouth and throat.
4. Weight loss.
5. Too much hunger.
6. Tiredness and exhaustion.
7. Persistent nappy rash in babies.
8. Breathlessness and drowsiness.
Child Diabetes Type 2:
Type 2 diabetes is usually family disease, some member of the family may already have diabetes or is in risk of developing it. Thus it is advisable for all members of the family, child and adult to develop a healthy lifestyle.
Benefits of Yoga:
A remarkable proven method of managing and in many cases, completely curing diabetes, is regular practice of yoga meditation and breathing control. Yoga postures provide exercise adaptable for varied age groups and of varied physical strength and stamina. The gentle exercise of yoga postures, together with deep breathing, concentrated meditation and visualization, creates the ground for gradual uplifting of health and all round well being.
Yoga therapy for diabetes is a way to treat the condition naturally. The yoga program for diabetes should be followed in conjunction with the regular medical treatment. The diabetics who are new to yoga are advised to work the simpler poses first before trying the advanced ones. Diabetes is a disease related to impaired glucose tolerance of the body. Insulin functioning is affected. The symptoms are excessive thirst and hunger, frequent urination. Type I, where there is scarcity in production of insulin, is difficult to treat with yoga. Type II can be effectively treated with yoga.
The postures included in this package create pressure at the pancreas which helps to keep the sugar level at normal range. And also stimulates the islets of Langerhans region of pancreas which controls blood sugar level through the production of insulin as required by the body.The postures also enhance oxygen supply to the pancreas which keeps the organ healthy. Some yoga postures improve the function of thyroid, adrenal and pancreatic glands thus helping to keep the sugar level in normal range. To get the maximum benefit out of yoga practices….
• Follow a healthy meal plan.
• Eat well balanced food to keep blood glucose content, within normal level.
• Eat at regular intervals – main meals twice, substantial break first, light snacks twice.
• Include a variety of foods such as fresh vegetables(raw, if palatable) and fruits.
• Reduce intake of sugar and sugary recipes.
• Do not consume precooked meals and fatty foods.
• Eat food high in fiber, low in salt .
• Drink plenty of water.
• Do not smoke or drink excessively.
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