A recent ABC News article, "Yoga, Meditation Benefit Both Brain and Body," speaks to all of us. There is a staggering number of Americans looking to center themselves through the timeless practices of both yoga and meditation, 13 million and 20 million respectively.
With benefits to both mind and body, would it not be fatuous of us to discount these practices when living with or parenting to a chronic disease like diabetes? Believe it or not, the simple act of breathing can improve blood glucose control.
You may be thinking, "I'm breathing. I breathe all of the time." Keep in mind, conscious breath is the distinguishing factor here.
Times have changed, the average American is always on the go rushing, multitasking and pumped full of adrenaline and stress hormones. For many, relaxing entails sitting in front of a computer or using a hand held gadget.
How does all of this relate to diabetes control? There is a cascading stress response at work under the radar of the unaware. As stress levels increase, the body's production of cortisol does as well — wreaking havoc on blood sugars.
You may be thinking of excuses as to why this won't work for you, but the simple fact remains — if you are breathing, yoga and meditation are possible. These practices and their varied benefits are available for everyone to embrace.