March 6, 2006
Relax, stretch, laugh and rest
People with diabetes who took a five-part series of stress-management and diabetes classes at Duke University had significantly lower blood sugar levels than those who took classes on diabetes alone.
Some Indian research showed that doing 30 to 40 minutes of yoga a day reduced blood sugar by 50 to 75 points throughout the day.
And a Japanese study showed that six months of "laughter therapy" improved kidney function in people with diabetes. While this doesn't take the place of medicine, it's certainly fun to tell jokes, watch funny movies and read the comics.
Sleep also is important. Pulling all-nighters can cause higher than average blood sugar levels even in healthy adults. And frequently sleeping less than five or six hours nightly has been linked to a greater risk of diabetes, according to research in America, Germany, Finland and Sweden.
Posted by Lisa at March 6, 2006 11:14 AM
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