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Treatment for Diabetes Millitus through Yoga

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A growing number of today's population develops Diabetes Millitus, or are born with it, it being hereditary. Based on the Population Health Survey of 2003/04, 3.8% of people aged 15 and above reported that they had doctor-diagnosed diabetes, resulting in 0.8% of recorded deaths in Hong Kong. In 2014 Diabetes Militus has ranked tenth on the death cause table, claiming 388 lives.

Although western medicine is favoured, more and more patients seek the help of Yoga Therapists to help treat and manage the symptoms of Diabetes.

It is important to understand the type of Diabetes Militus in the patient, before combining a series of asanas, pranayamas & mantras for your patient.

Diabetes Militus are devided into three types:

a) Type 1 Diabetes (IDDM): The body's immune system distroys the beta cells which produce insulin, which leads to the pancreas not producing insulin at all. Insulin is needed in the body in order to absorb glucose and release energy.

Type 1 diabetessymptoms starts in childhood with sudden signs of high blood sugar and sudden episodes of low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). The cause of IDDM is undefined and in many cases are believed to be hereditary.

b) Type 2 Diabetes NIDDM): The body is not able to use the insulin in the right way and therefor has an insulin resistance, which may cause the pancreas to develop a deficiency by producing less and less insulin. Type 2 Diabetes is usually discovered during early adulthood and can be prevented and managed by a healthy lifestyle, -diet and sufficient exercise. NIDDM causes includes poor lifestyle like high sugar and carbohydrate diets, no exercise regimes and obesity is a direct culprit.

c) Gastational Diabetes: This type occurs in pregnant women and like the other types of diabetes it affects how the body cells use glucose. High blood sugar can affect the pregnancy and baby negatively and lead to still borns.

We now understand that Diabetes Militus is a metabolic disorder, therefore a Pitta Dosha disorder, and can be managed through a healthy lifestyle, combining the right food and exercise. As a metabolic disorder symptoms like polyuria (frequent urination), increase in thirst and an increase in hunger may develop.

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