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Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:240581. doi: 10.1155/2014/240581. Epub 2014 May 8.

Effect of regular yogic training on growth hormone and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate as an endocrine marker of aging.

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1
Department of Physical Education, Jadavpur University, Kolkata,West Bengal 700032, India.
2
Department of Physical Education, Vinaya Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan,West Bengal 731235, India.

Abstract

Growth hormone (GH) and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) secretion decline with advancing age and are associated with the symptoms of aging. Yogic texts claimed that regular practice of yoga may restore and maintain general endocrinological properties in the human body.

OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY:

To observe the effect of yogic training for twelve weeks on basal level of GH and DHEAS in middle aged group.

METHOD:

Forty-five untrained volunteers were divided into two groups, that is, yoga practicing (experimental: male 15, age 42.80 ± 7.43 yrs; female 8, age 44.75 ± 8.40 yrs) and waitlisted control group (male 15, age 41.67 ± 7.87 yrs; female 7, age 45.43 ± 7.00 yrs). The experimental group underwent combined yogic practices daily in the morning for 6 days/week for 12 weeks, whereas control group continued their usual routine activities. Standing height, body weight, body mass index, and basal level of GH and DHEAS were measured before commencement and after six and twelve weeks of yogic training period. The repeated measure ANOVA was used for data analysis.

RESULTS:

12 weeks of yogic training produces a significant increase in GH and DHEAS for both male and female groups as compared to their baseline data, whereas no as such changes were observed in the control group.

CONCLUSION:

Combined approach of graded yogic training may be beneficial for maintaining the basal level of GH and DHEAS in the human body, thus promoting healthy aging.

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