The Benefits of Yoga to Those at Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

In this randomised controlled style, the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a 12-week yoga program coupled with an evidence-based health education program (HED) compared to HED alone was assessed.

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Nov 18, 2016
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27847524

Happy Friday everyone! How quickly the weekend comes around sometimes....

We hope this paper will provide some interesting weekend reading for you. It looks at the benefits of yoga for people at risk for metabolic syndrome, which is the medical term for a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. It puts you at greater risk of heart disease, stroke and other conditions affecting blood vessels. So not a good thing to be at risk for at all. People with metabolic syndrome typically have a larger-than-average waist circumference, high levels of triglycerides and low levels of HDL ("good" cholesterol) in the blood, high blood pressure, an inability to control blood sugar levels (insulin resistance), an increased risk of developing blood clots and a tendency to develop inflammation. It is therefore very heartwarming to see a study expounding yoga's benefits to this complex presentation.

In this randomised controlled style, the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a 12-week yoga program coupled with an evidence-based health education program (HED) compared to HED alone was assessed. A secondary, exploratory aim examined perceived stress, quality of life, and related psychological outcomes (mindfulness, perceived health competence, and mood). 67 adults at risk for metabolic syndrome enrolled with preliminary results revealing significantly larger improvements in two quality of life domains (role-physical and general health perceptions) in the HED plus yoga group versus HED alone.

This is the very first study that implemented lifestyle education along with yoga to evaluate the potential unique effects of yoga on participants at risk for metabolic syndrome. A larger clinical trial is now needed to further investigate these promising patient-reported outcomes. We will keep an eye out for such future research...so watch this space and have a very lovely weekend! :)

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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