Effect of Pranayama and Asana on Type 2 Diabetes

The following research study appeared in the Indian Journal of Medical Research 131, May 2010, p 636-640

Effect of pranayama and asana on cognitive brain functions in type 2 diabetes-P3 event related evoked potential (ERP)

Tenzin Kyizom, Savita Singh, K.P. Singh, O.P. Tandon & Rahul Kumar

“Background & objectives: Electrophysiological evidence of delayed cognition as measured by P300, an evoked potential is observed in Diabetes mellitus. P300 (or P3) is a component of endogenous cerebral evoked response that assesses higher functions of the brain. Our study aims to see the role of pranayama and yoga-asana on P300 latency and amplitude in type 2 diabetic patients.”

“Results: Statistically significant improvement in the latency and the amplitude of N200, P300 was observed in the yoga group as compared to the control group.”

“Interpretation & conclusions: Our data suggest that yoga has a beneficial effect on P300 and thus can be incorporated along with the conventional medical therapy for improving cognitive brain functions in diabetes.”

The study also found a significant reduction in hyperglycemia and a decrease in the drugs usage when yoga therapy was incorporated. The study lists the simple asanas and pranayamas that were used in the study.

We suggest reading the whole study.

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