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Int J Yoga. 2020 Jan-Apr;13(1):42-49. doi: 10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_32_19.

Effect of an Integrated Naturopathy and Yoga Program on Long-Term Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients: A Prospective Cohort Study.

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Manthena Satyanarayana Raju Arogylayam, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India.
HCG Cancer Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.



Lifestyle is an important risk factor for increasing the prevalence of diabetes in the Indian population. In this study, we evaluate the effects of naturopathy treatment, salt-restricted low-calorie diets, and yoga in long-term glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.


In this prospective, longitudinal, two-arm cohort study, patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus referred from a tertiary care center undergoing a 3-month residential naturopathy treatment were compared with those undergoing only conventional management on glycemic control. Both fasting and postprandial blood glucose (PPBG) levels were assessed at baseline, 3 months following intervention, at 6 months, and 12 months from the study start. Data were analyzed using repeated-measures ANOVA with post hoc Bonferroni correction.


Naturopathy and yoga intervention significantly reduced PPBG levels (P < 0.001), glycated hemoglobin levels (P < 0.001), and reduced requirement for antidiabetic medications (P < 0.008) in the intervention group compared to controls. The effects were more profound immediately following intervention and lasted up to 6 months from the start of the study.


The results suggest benefit with an intensive residential naturopathy-based lifestyle intervention program. Randomized controlled trials are needed to further validate the findings.


Diabetes; fasting; glycemic control; low-salt diet; naturopathy; yoga

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