Yoga is useful supplement to conventional therapy for diabetes, helping to bring the body into balance. Many studies have reported the beneficial effect of the practice of yoga on diabetes, confirming that the practice of postures can stimulate the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Any pose that compresses the abdomen will help stimulate the pancreas, with prone (belly down) poses being the most effective.
Stress has been shown to play an important role in diabetes by elevating blood glucose levels and increasing the odds of developing certain complications, such as heart disease, stroke and infections. Yoga and meditation are the two best practices to reduce stress and yoga has been shown to dramatically lower cortisol levels in the body.
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