Lifestyle-related illnesses are illnesses resulting from poor habits and poor lifestyle choices, such as lack of physical activity, poor diet, alcohol, substance use disorders and poor lifestyle. smoking. Common lifestyle diseases include obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, lung cancer, etc. With people becoming more and more sedentary and adopting more and more unhealthy diets, along with the increase in smoking and alcohol abuse, there is a significant increase in lifestyle diseases. Unfortunately, these lifestyle diseases also affect young people. Medication is not enough to manage these chronic lifestyle diseases. Lifestyle management is also key to preventing, treating and reversing these diseases, says Rohan Verma, co-founder and CEO of Breathe Well-being.
Breathe Well-being is a healthcare tech startup founded in 2020 by Rohan Verma (ex-McKinsey) & Aditya Kaicker (ex-Accenture). They help people prevent, manage and reverse type 2 diabetes through their clinically verified digital program based on diet, exercise and stress reduction. In an exclusive interview with The HealthSite, Rohan Verma sheds light on chronic lifestyle diseases common in India, their causes, and yoga’s role in the prevention, management and reversal of chronic lifestyle diseases.
Q. What are the common chronic lifestyle diseases prevalent in India, and which are endemic?
India is the diabetes capital of the world and it is estimated that over 200 million patients suffer from chronic lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, PCOS, thyroid and hypertension, among others. The number of people exposed to these diseases is even greater and constantly increasing due to unhealthy habits, stressful jobs and a sedentary lifestyle. When it comes to type 2 diabetes, India has over 70 million diabetics, making it the most affected number in the world.
Obesity, for example, is a complex disease and not just a cosmetic concern. It is one of the most common lifestyle diseases and it opens the door to other diseases and health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease are most often deeply linked.
In India we are seeing the cases of diabetes and heart disease increasing dramatically. At Breathe Well-being, we help people prevent, manage and reverse type 2 diabetes through our clinically proven #DigitalTherapeutic program, based on diet, exercise and stress reduction. The program helps people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar, lower HbA1c, and eventually stop all medications.
Q. Speaking of common chronic lifestyle diseases, can you also elaborate on their causes?
Stress and an inactive lifestyle are the root causes of chronic lifestyle diseases. This leads to weight gain, a majority of which is unhealthy fat. The excess fat obstructs the actions of two key hormones, insulin and leptin, resulting in high insulin resistance in the body, which ultimately leads to the onset of diabetes. Other main reasons for chronic lifestyle disorders include an inflamed acidic system interfering with repair processes and a lack of micronutrients interfering with energy production and repair.
Q. Medication is not the long-term solution for chronic lifestyle diseases. Please elaborate on this.
Breathe Well-being strongly believes that integrated steps are needed to effectively manage lifestyle-related illnesses, because medication is not a long-term solution. Lifestyle management is the clinical application of healthy behaviors to prevent, treat and reverse disease.
Research points to the need for drugs that provide purely symptomatic relief. The six areas of lifestyle medicine that should be offered to patients are: complete herbal nutrition, regular physical exercise, restful sleep, stress management, reduction or elimination of addiction , positive psychology and the social bond.
Breathe Well-being’s personalized, coach-centered, community-driven approach through interactive gamification helps people track their lifestyle, reduce stress, and manage anxiety and sleep patterns while developing long-term healthy habits.
Q. How does yoga help prevent, manage and reverse chronic lifestyle diseases?
Yoga is one of the oldest methods of body-mind wellness in the world. Yoga has many benefits for people with chronic illnesses; it promotes mental and physical endurance in people of all ages and improves physical abilities. Breathing control, basic meditation, and adopting particular body postures are all part of yoga. As part of an overall healthy lifestyle, yoga can help:
- Improve the physical strength of the body leading to better mental and body balance
- Reduce body pain
- Lower anxiety levels
- Maintain blood pressure
- Improve respiratory function and heart rate
- Stimulates general circulation and improves bone density and muscle tone
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At Breathe Well-being, our yoga gurus and health coaches assess each member’s needs and develop personalized “yoga health insurance” for them. This assurance is achieved by implementing a yogic lifestyle that includes a diet, attitude and various yogic practices that help build positive overall well-being, enabling them to better endure and manage stress.
Q. Share some of the benefits of yoga for people with type 2 diabetes.
Yoga is a comprehensive and integrated science of life that addresses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the individual. Yoga can also be used to cure diabetes. In the case of type 2 diabetes, at Breathe Well-being, we help our members manage and prevent it by recommending the following:
- Pancreatic Cell Rejuvenation – We share yoga asanas (relaxation poses) that stretch the pancreas, stimulating the creation of insulin-producing beta cells.
- Muscle activity – Yoga, like any other exercise, improves the uptake of glucose by muscle cells, which helps lower blood sugar levels, improve circulation, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Weight Loss – Yoga can help you lose weight and improve your weight control, both of which are important for preventing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
- Improve Mental Well-Being – Regular yoga practice helps focus the mind and develop the proper mental attitude to deal with diabetes.
The benefits of yoga for diabetes are mediated by the psycho-neuro-endocrine and immunological systems. Regular practice helps achieve blood sugar control and reduces the risk of complications in people with diabetes.
At Breathe Well-being, we’ve noticed that specific yoga postures have a positive effect on glucose utilization and fat redistribution in people with type 2 diabetes.
Q. What do you think are the best yoga asanas for diabetic patients?
The key to practicing yoga is consistency. Pancreatic function is improved by sitting postures including Ardhamatsyendrasan, yoga mudra, and Mandukasan. Forward curls massage and pressurize the pancreas, which stimulates the production of insulin. Squeezing and massaging the intestines in poses like Vakrasana and Ardhamatsyendrasan (seated spinal twist) prevents stagnation of colon contents.
The postures should be maintained for 30 seconds to 1 minute for therapeutic purposes, depending on individual abilities, the duration can be gradually extended. Please find below some poses that can help diabetic patients.
- Kapal Bhati (Shining Skull Breathing Technique)
- Supta Matsyendrasana (elongated body twist)
- Dhanurasana (bow pose)
- Paschimottanasana (Sitting forward attack)
- Ardhya Matsyendrasana (Seated Spinal Half Twist)
- Vakrasana (twisted posture)
- Pavanmuktasana (posture to relieve the wind)
- Padahastasana (hand under foot pose)
- Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations)
- Trikonasana (the triangle pose)
- Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
- Matsyasana (Fish)
- Shalabhasana (grasshopper / locust pose)
- Mandukasana (frog pose)
- Viparit Karani (laying legs on the wall)
- Shavasana (corpse pose)
Trikonsa Asana especially helps in alleviating the damaging effects of diabetes on the kidneys, which is one of the main risk factors for every diabetic patient. It also helps in better digestion. By stretching the abdominal muscles, Matsyasana helps to properly tone the abdominal organs as well as the pancreas. This asana, when performed with regulated breathing, helps in dealing with diabetes.
Shalabhasana, Padahastasana, and Viparit Karani help regulate blood sugar. Asanas are beneficial in the treatment of diabetes because they put pressure on the abdominal organs, strengthen the muscles of the legs and back, and relieve tension in the body.
Padahastasana yoga asanas for diabetes also help regulate blood sugar. Direct stimulation of the glands and organs in the abdomen area, such as the liver, pancreas, and kidneys, is facilitated by this forward-leaning yoga position. It helps strengthen the abdominal muscles as well as the proper functioning of the abdominal organs.
Pavanmuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose), a gas-releasing yoga position that helps relieve constipation and release excess gas in the stomach, typical problems in diabetics.
These are some of the yoga poses which are extremely helpful for diabetic patients as they help to strengthen the body, improve the blood circulation in the pancreas, and improve the use of insulin in the body.
At Breathe Well-being, we value holistic care and strongly believe that medication is not a long-term solution for type 2 diabetes and that reversing type 2 diabetes is a real possibility. We’re here to help people lead healthy lives and reduce their risk of chronic lifestyle diseases with our clinically proven diabetes reversal treatment, which includes personalized lifestyle monitoring and exercise, yoga and nutritional coaching to help people reverse diabetes and ultimately quit medication.
Publication: June 22, 2021 2:12 pm | Update: June 22, 2021 2:13 p.m.