Effectiveness Of Yoga Versus Exercise on Lipid Profile, BMI, And Blood Pressure Among Patients with Type II Diabetes Mellitus - A Community Based Randomised Control Trial


  • Rajesh Kulkarni Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, KLE University of Higher Education and Research (KAHER), Belagavi, India
  • Padmaja Walvekar Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, KLE University of Higher Education and Research (KAHER), Belagavi, India




diabetes mellitus, yoga, exercise, lipid profile, randomised control trial


Context/Background: Lifestyle interventions have proven to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus and prevent the complications. Yoga is considered safe, simple to learn, and can be practiced even by ill, obese, elderly, or disabled persons at home. The present study was conducted to assess the effect of one year of yoga therapy on lipid profile, BMI, and blood pressure in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Methodology: This randomized controlled trial was conducted in an Urban Health center, Belagavi from July 2018 to December 2019. Around 120 participants diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus were randomized into “Yoga” and “Exercise” groups. Fasting lipid profile, BMI, and blood pressure were examined at baseline, six months, and after one year of intervention.

Results: GEE model analysis showed that there were significant effects of Intervention × Time on Cholesterol (p=0.001), LDL (p=0.006) and VLDL (p=0.000). It was identified that the exercise intervention was found to decrease cholesterol and TG significantly more than the yoga group. Also, there was a significant reduction in BMI in both the exercise and yoga groups at the end of six months and one year (p=0.247).

Conclusions: Yoga can be a complementary therapy for type 2 diabetes, along with medications and exercise.


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Kulkarni R, Walvekar P. Effectiveness Of Yoga Versus Exercise on Lipid Profile, BMI, And Blood Pressure Among Patients with Type II Diabetes Mellitus - A Community Based Randomised Control Trial. Natl J Community Med [Internet]. 2022 Oct. 31 [cited 2023 Jun. 5];13(10):698-704. Available from: https://njcmindia.com/index.php/file/article/view/2431



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