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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 129-138
Yoga as a therapeutic intervention for the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus

1 Department of Physical Education, Kandra Radha Kanta Kundu Mahavidyalaya, Kandra, Burdwan, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Physical Education, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Physical Education, Memari College, Memari, Burdwan, West Bengal, India

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Sukanta Saha
Department of Physical Education, Memari College, Memari, Burdwan, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_74_16

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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: n = 10, age 64.70 ± 4.03, body mass index [BMI] 24.26 ± 3.40) and control group (CG: n = 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 of yogic intervention in both groups. Results: There was a significant (P < 0.01) decrease in fasting plasma glucose, postprandial blood sugar, total cholesterol, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein, and very low density lipoprotein, with a significant (P < 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.

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