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DIABETES - whether type 1 or type 2 - affects more than four million people in the UK, but there’s currently no cure. However, doing yoga could help sufferers manage their symptoms, a new study has revealed.

Research believes doing yoga could help diabetes sufferers.

For starters yoga can reduce stress, which research published in the journal Diabetes Spectrum has suggested plays a part in the onset and control of diabetes.
According to another study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, yoga can improve specific chemical balances in the brain which help lower stress levels.
There’s also evidence it can positively influence blood sugar levels.
A study of diabetes patients published in the Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy found regularly practicing seated yoga for ten minutes improved fasting blood glucose levels, heart rate and diastolic blood pressure.
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Cardiovascular effect: Yoga can help heart health in sufferers
Research believes that some types of yoga can help keep your heart healthy because it provides a cardiovascular workout.
Further research has discovered how yoga can boost overall wellbeing in diabetes sufferers.
A study published in the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism revealed that practicing it regularly triggered significant improvement in their quality of life.
One of the long-term health problems affecting sufferers if their condition hasn’t been managed so well is heart disease.
The same research believes that some types of yoga can help keep your heart healthy because it provides a cardiovascular workout.
What’s more, the American Diabetes Association links any regular physical activity to a lower mortality rate in those with the condition.
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Research: Yoga can improve blood glucose levels
Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are life-long conditions that cause a person’s blood sugar levels to rise too high.
The former involves the body’s immune system attacking and destroying insulin-producing cells.
Similarly, type 2 diabetes - which affects 90 per cent of adults with diabetes - is where the body is unable to produce enough insulin, or its cells do not react to insulin.
If the body does not make enough insulin, or does not know how to deal with it efficiently, then the sugar in the blood does not reach the body’s cells and levels can become too high.

Ian Beale is told he's at risk of type-2 diabetes ID

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Long-term benefits: It can improve overall wellbeing
Over time, this could cause a  number of future health problems including a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and blindness.
There isn’t a cure for diabetes, but treatment aims to keep blood glucose levels as normal as possible.
This often involves injecting insulin into the body, and following a healthy lifestyle.
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