International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 12, Part C (2016)
Effect of yoga on glycaemic level: A pilot, randomized, comparative study between walking and yoga in adult male with type 2 diabetes mellitus
GS Thangapandiyan and Dr. A Mahaboobjan
About 80% of type 2 diabetes is either preventable or controllable by changing diet, increasing physical activity and improving the living environment. The present study was aimed to ascertain and compare the effect of brisk walking and yogic exercise on the glycaemic level of adult male with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Methodology: A total of 20 diabetic patients were asked to carry out either yoga or brisk walking based on the randomization for 15 consecutive days for 1 hour daily between 6 am and 7 am with an empty stomach. Blood glucose level of the study participants was measured using calibrated glucometer about 10 minutes prior to treatment on the first day (Baseline) and after treatment on the 15th day.
Results: Blood glucose level of participants has been reduced from its baseline at the end of 15th day in both brisk walking and yogic exercise. However yoga group shows significant post treatment blood glucose reduction (p<0.0458) than the brisk walking group (p<0.4505) at 90%, and 95% confidence level.
Conclusion: The findings conclude that yogic exercises have enhanced the blood glucose lowering capacity along with pharmacological treatment and may be practiced as adjuvant therapy for Type 2 diabetic population to reduce or prevent long term complications. However, the results of the pilot study needs to be validated by a pivotal study.