Two simple Yogic techniques can help prevent diabetes.
Approximately 350 million people worldwide have diabetes, and this number is likely to double in the next 20 years.
In 2012, diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths. More than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
World Health Day
The World Health Day is celebrated across the world every year on 7th of April under the leadership of World Health Organization (WHO) to draw people’s attention towards the importance of global health. A particular theme is chosen each year and varieties of events related to that particular theme of the year are organized on the international and national level by the WHO.
Theme for World Health Day 2022
This year the theme for the world Health Day being celebrated on the 7th April is, “Beat Diabetes”
The main objectives will be to increase awareness among people about the disease and initiate actions to tackle diabetes.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose which may over time lead to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves. With the existing medical knowledge it is possible to prevent the disease and cure it.
Sugar either directly taken or present in various food items goes into our blood stream as glucose and acts as a source of energy. Insulin produced by the pancreas helps in moving this sugar from bloodstream into muscles, fat and liver cells. But if the pancreas does not make enough insulin the level of sugar in the blood raises beyond certain limit and diabetes results.
Main Symptoms of Diabetes
Some of the main symptoms are frequent urination, increased thirst, increased appetite, weight loss, weakness and exhaustion, nausea, vomiting, hazy vision, any infections taking long time to heal, impotency in case of males.
How Yoga Can Help?
Two simple Yogic techniques can help prevent diabetes one is Pranayama (Breathing exercise) and the other is a Yogic posture called Vajrasana.
Alom Vilom Pranayama: You must be empty stomach so do this Pranayama either in the morning or evening. Sit comfortably in any posture with spine erect and head facing forward. Close your right nostril and inhale through your left nostril for certain duration (three, four or five seconds…) then without retention close the left nostril and exhale through your right nostril over double the duration you took for inhalation. Then again inhale through the right nostril and exhale through the left and so on for at least 20 such cycles.
The Vajrasana Posture (Thunderbolt pose): After each meal sit in this posture as per the sketch below with legs folded back, let the toes of both feet touch together. Sit at ease with straight back and both hands resting on the knees.
Close your eyes and focus attention at the Manipur Chakra (Umbilical centre) and recite the mantra, “Om Ghrini Sooriaye Namaha”.
Article by: Jyotirvid Pawan Kumar