According to a study conducted at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, 100 patients at risk for coronary heart disease and type-II diabetes were divided into two groups –one was prescribed conventional lifestyle changes such as exercise, diet and quitting smoking, while the other was also prescribed yogic exercises. “There was a significant reduction in body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and total cholesterol in both the groups. But when compared with the conventional lifestyle group, the yoga group had a significantly greater decrease in BMI, low density lipoprotein cholestrol (LDL) and an increase in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL),” said D S C Manchanda, the head of the cardiology department.
“Control of several risk factors like hypertension, type-II diabetes mellitus lipids, reversal or preventive effects of both psychological and oxidative stress and reducing inflammation
may be contributing factors,” he added.Yogic exercises that have been shown to be helpful include breathing exercises such as pranayama and anulom-vilom,alternate nose breathing. Asanas like suryanamaskar,tadasnaana, dvajrasana have also been shown to have a positive effect.