Is yoga the new In­sulin?

a pan-in­dia study shows promis­ing re­sults in the fight against di­a­betes

Governance Now - - FRONT PAGE - Pankaj Ku­mar

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

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