Effect of Rajyogi lifestyle in controlling and managing blood glycemic levels in participants in Madhur Madhumeh camps for type 2 diabetes patients
Objective: The effect of spiritually augmented healthy lifestyle intervention on clinical risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is still unclear. The aim and objective of this study was to assess the beneficial effects of a user-friendly, non-invasive spiritually augmented healthy lifestyle intervention to improve blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes within a reasonable time frame.
Materials and Methods: A prospective study was conducted over a period of one year on 552 subjects who attended Madhur Madhumeh camps in the age group of 30 years to 82 years (mean 57.82, SD 10.38) with T2DM of at least 6 months duration and on diabetic diet and oral hypoglycemic agents and/or insulin (treatment). All the participants were trained by Rajyoga experts. In all the participants pre-camp fasting (FBS) and random (RBS) blood glucose levels were taken and further fasting and random (after 3½ hours of lunch) blood glucose levels were estimated in regular intervals during the camp to obtain 3 readings each of fasting and random blood glucose levels.
Results: Comparing with standard care alone, Rajyogi lifestyle resulted in significant reduction in blood glucose levels within 24 hrs to 48 hours even after their high fasting (Max.455, 141 participants above 200 mg/dL) and random (Max.700, 104 participants above 300 mg/dL) blood glucose levels. The reduction in FBS (mean 28.24, p < 0>
Conclusions: The study finds that Rajyogi lifestyle intervention showed significant benefit in reduction of blood glucose levels in T2DM patients. It is evident that Rajyogi lifestyle can be used as an adjunct therapy in effectively controlling and managing blood glycemic levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Translating this finding into effective long term implementation requires further studies and evaluation.
Keywords: Diabetes, T2DM, Rajyoga, Yogic lifestyle, Meditation.