New research shows that yoga can be a very effective tool at self-managing
diabetes—and participants don’t even have to leave their chairs.
“So was I,” says Humboldt General Hospital Director of Food
and Nutrition Services Tiffani Nalivka.
In fact, Nalivka said chair yoga can improve stress, alter emotional eating
patterns, lower blood glucose levels and reduce weight—all healthy
steps toward successfully managing diabetes.
Wednesday, May 1, the HGH “Diabetes Talk” support group will
welcome Jenn van der Veen, a local yoga and wellness instructor, for “Chair
Yoga, Meditation and Diabetes.”
The one-hour discussion and demonstration will take place from 5:30 p.m.
to 6:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Sarah Winnemucca Conference Room.
People with diabetes, prediabetes, caregivers and those who are interested
in preventing diabetes are encouraged to attend.
Nalivka said when people with diabetes think of things that raise their
blood sugar, “they only think in terms of food—of things they
eat and drink,” she said.
But Nalivka said a review of 14 studies suggests that mindfulness meditation
can significantly decrease emotional eating and binge eating behaviors.
In fact, a 2018 study in the
International Journal of Yoga found a significant decrease in blood glucose, A1C and fasting serum insulin
levels in 60 patients with coronary artery disease who practiced meditation
compared with those who did not.
“All of these data encourage people with diabetes to develop a yoga
and meditation practice,” said Nalivka.
She added, “And a yoga or meditation practice doesn’t have
to be advanced or lengthy. Even five minutes a day can have a profound
effect on well-being.”
The “Diabetes Talk” support group is open to people of all
ages; the group meets on the first Wednesday of each month, and there
is no charge to attend.
For more information, please email HGH Director of Food and Nutrition Services
Tiffani Nalivka at
email@example.com or call (775) 623-5222, ext. 1756.