Practicing yoga and meditation may be as useful as drug interventions for the combating of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, a new study has found.
According to the study released in the Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine, mind-body practices may help keep blood sugar levels at bay while also reducing blood glucose levels similar to diabetic drug interventions.
For the study, data from randomized controlled trials were analyzed over a span of a few decades. Researchers identified 28 trials in which patients with type 2 diabetes began a mind-body practice and were later compared with those who only received diabetic drug treatment.
“The authors conducted a literature search of Ovid MEDLINE, Embase, and ClinicalTrials.gov seeking through June 10, 2022, published articles on mind and body practices and type 2 diabetes,” the journal report reads.
“Mind and body practices are strongly associated with improvement in glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes.”
The study concluded that mind-body practices may be an highly beneficial complementary nonpharmacological intervention for patients with type 2 diabetes.