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Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy
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Pilot Study

Impact of a 10 minute Seated Yoga Practice in the Management of Diabetes

Rashmi S Mullur1,2* and Donna Ames3,4

1VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, Associate Chief of Integrative Medicine, Los Angeles, USA

2Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

3Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

4Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, Los Angeles, USA

Corresponding Author:
Rashmi S Mullur
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
Tel: 310-478-3711
Fax: 310-268-4879
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

Received date: November 16, 2015; Accepted date: January 11, 2016; Published date: January 18, 2016

Citation: Mullur RS, Ames D (2016) Impact of a 10 minute Seated Yoga Practice in the Management of Diabetes. J Yoga Phys Ther 6:224. doi:10.4172/2157-7595.1000224

Copyright: © 2016 Mullur RS, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Objective: We sought to prospectively evaluate the impact of a 10 minute seated yoga program added to standard comprehensive diabetes care on glucose control and cardiovascular health in the severely ill, medically complex diabetic population. Method: A total of 10 patients with type 2 diabetes, ages 49-77, with duration of diabetes >10 years and haemoglobin A1C >9% (75 mmol/mol) were included in the study. Patients randomized to a yoga intervention were taught a 10 minute seated yoga practice, were given an explanatory DVD and a fold-out pocket guide to encourage adherence at home, and were instructed to incorporate the practice as often as they could. The patients in the control arm were provided information and hand outs on the available yoga classes on campus. Results: At 3 month clinical follow up, the mean decrease in fasting capillary blood glucose (CBG) was 45% among yoga participants (-5.2 ± 4.1 mmol/L). Heart rate (HR) dropped by 18% and Diastolic blood pressure (BP) dropped by 29% in the intervention arm, (-12.4 ± 6.69 and -26 ± 12.05 mmHg, respectively). There were no statistically significant changes in the haemoglobin A1C, systolic blood pressure, weight, or body mass index in either group. Conclusion: Our small pilot study reinforces the current medical evidence supporting the use of yoga, combined with standard care, to improve health outcomes in diabetes.


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