Can Yoga Help Manage Metabolic Syndrome?

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If you ever talk to someone who practices yoga, or a “yogi,” you will hear about a multitude of yoga’s benefits on the body and mind through physical, spiritual, and meditational exploration. Several observational studies have also suggested that yoga boosts brain health and cognition, improves thyroid conditions, relieves symptoms of depression, helps men overcome erectile dysfunction, and helps to manage symptoms of diabetes. A new randomized study, recently published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, led by Parco M. Siu, PhD, from the University of Hong Kong in China, found benefits of yoga in people with metabolic syndrome and high-normal blood pressure through reduction of the inflammatory response. Metabolic syndrome is a condition frequently associated with heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It is estimated to affect approximately 34% of the adult population in the United States. In the study, 97 patients were randomly assigned to a control group or a yoga group in which they underwent a yoga training program with three 1-hour yoga sessions weekly for 1 year. The scientists monitored patients’ sera for so-called adipokines, signaling proteins released by fat tissue telling the immune system to release either an inflammatory or anti-inflammatory response. Results indicated that a year of yoga training decreased proinflammatory adipokines and increased anti-inflammatory adipokine in patients, suggesting it can help people with metabolic syndrome manage their symptoms.

To learn more about the management of metabolic syndrome specific to dyslipidemia, check out our CE-accredited article titled: The Impact of PCSK9 Inhibition in Dyslipidemia Management.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Amgen.