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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology


Effect of Short Term Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy on Memory Scores in type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients


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Author Details: Bhanu R., Vinutha Shankar MS, Karthiyanee Kutty

Volume : 2

Issue : 4

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 174

Article End Page : 176


Abstract

Background: Diabetes Mellitus can cause memory loss. Yoga helps in maintaining memory control. This study was designed to assess the effects of integrated approach of Yoga Therapy in improving the memory scores in diabetic patients.
Aims and Objectives: The objective was to investigate the influence of integrated approach of yoga on memory scores of diabetics using Wechsler’s memory scale.
Materials and Methods: In the month of July 2011, all known diabetics aged 40 years and above, coming to SVYASA AROGYADHAMA for Yoga therapy, willing to volunteer for the study and who understood English were included in the yoga group after taking written informed consent. All diabetics (n=31) were administered with sections of WECHSLER MEMORY SCALE (WMS) on the first day and again after one week of yoga practice at Arogyadhama to assess:1) attention and concentration (digit span forward and backward), and 2)associate learning. Data thus obtained were analyzed using paired t-test. Institutional Ethical clearance was obtained for the study.
Results: Diabetics on Yoga interventional therapy showed statistically significant improvement in memory scores (p<0.001); Digit span forward scores (p<0.001); Digit span backward scores(p<0.001);Associate learning easy scores (p<0.001); Associate learning hard scores (p<0.001); Total associate learning  scores (p<0.001).
Conclusion: Short term Integrated yoga practices can improve memory scores of diabetics and play a vital role in managing the mental health of diabetics.

Keywords:
Diabetes Mellitus, Yoga, Wechsler memory scale, memory