Is yoga the new Insulin?
a pan-india study shows promising results in the fight against diabetes
there is nothing overblown about the alarm over diabetes in india.
One of every five diabetics in the world is an indian.
every six seconds, an indian dies of complications related to diabetes. in those six seconds, two more indians are diagnosed with the disease.
in 2003, 61.3 million indians were diabetic. if preventive measures are not taken, the figure might rise to 101.2 million by 2030.
The disease is caused by a cluster of factors, calling for a multi-pronged approach. This is true for societies as for individuals. Allopathy shoots at direct causes and symptoms. Traditional healing systems like ayurveda look at health and disease holistically. The two systems can together forge a formidable synergy. A new central government initiative aims to deploy the combination to quench the diabetes epidemic. if it works, india might avoid the dire prediction that the country will by 2025 be the diabetes capital of the world.
on June 21, 2016, the second international yoga day, prime minister narendra Modi gave a call for halting india from becoming the diabetes capital of the world. He said all yoga and ayurveda institutions should join hands and work in conjunction to achieve that goal. This call was taken up in right earnest with the formation of the indian Yoga Association (IYA) in november 2016: many institutions came together under the initiative, the ministry of AYUSH set up a national committee of experts in yoga and diabetes to work out the full details. on the committee