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Int J Yoga Therap. 2013;(23):59-65.

Hatha yoga practice for type 2 diabetes mellitus patients: a pilot study.

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Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Program, University of Texas, El Paso.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study was conducted to examine the impact of Hatha yoga on glycemic control, psychological and physiological stress, and self-care for individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

METHODS:

Ten sedentary individuals with T2DM who were non-insulin dependent, free of diabetes-related complications, and had no previous yoga experience completed therapeutic yoga classes for 6 weeks, 3 times per week . Glycemic control measures included fasting blood glucose, glycated hemoglobin, and fasting insulin. The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Perceived Stress Scale, and salivary cortisol were used to assess levels of stress, and the Summary of Diabetes Self-care Activities questionnaire was used to assess regimen adherence.

RESULTS:

No significant changes in glucose control or physiological stress were found; however, significant changes in perceived stress, state anxiety, and self-care behaviors were detected.

CONCLUSIONS:

Preliminary findings support further investigation of the benefits of Hatha yoga as a complementary therapy for those with T2DM.

KEYWORDS:

anxiety; cortisol; diabetes; glycemic control; stress; yoga

PMID:
24165524
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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