A healthy lifestyle is one of the important foundations for diabetes treatment. So if you have diabetes, one of the aspects that you must apply while living a healthy lifestyle is regular exercise. However, not all types of exercise are suitable and safe for diabetics (people with diabetes). For those of you who are still confused about what exercise is safe, yoga can be a choice. Come on, find out the following benefits of yoga for diabetes.
Benefits of yoga for diabetes
Diabetes makes insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels, does not work normally. If left untreated, blood sugar builds up, causing severe symptoms and complications. So, for that diabetics need to keep their blood sugar levels normal, one of which is by exercising.
Apart from jogging, gymnastics, or casual cycling, diabetics can try yoga as a routine physical exercise. Some of the benefits of yoga for diabetes include:
1. Lower stress
In order for diabetes symptoms to recur less frequently and get worse, you need to reduce stress. Any disease will get worse if stress continues to arise.
Just like any other exercise, yoga can stimulate the release of hormones (endorphins) which can make you feel better in your mood and reduce stress levels.
2. Improve heart health
Diabetes is prone to heart disease. Movement, breathing exercises, and focus exercises from yoga can reduce stress, control blood pressure, and cholesterol levels in the body. All these benefits will certainly improve heart health. That means, the risk of heart disease in people with diabetes will decrease.
3. Controlling body weight
Maintaining an ideal body weight is part of the mission of being cleansed so that the body remains healthy. Every yoga movement can burn energy so that you can control your weight.
4. Improve physical fitness and body balance
Yoga trains the connection between thoughts, breathing and body movements that require high concentration. This can reduce anxiety and stress and thus improve mental health. Apart from that, various yoga poses also improve muscle strength, flexibility and body balance.
Having good balance reduces the risk of falls and injury. Diabetics should avoid wounds because the healing process takes a long time.
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