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Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism
ISSN: 2155-6156
Sreedevi et al., J Diabetes Metab 2012, 3:5
DOI: 10.4172/2155-6156.1000195
Research Article
Open Access
Effect of Siddha Samadhi Yoga Camps on Health and Nutritional Status
of Normal and Diabetic Subjects
Sreedevi K1*, Devaki PB2 and Bhushanam GV3
Nutrition Consultant, Behavioral Science Unit, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India
Faculty of Food Science & Nutrition, Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupathi, India
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All India Coordinated Research Project on Home Science, Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India
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Abstract
Introduction: Now-a-days a new way of life comprising of yogasana, pranayama, meditation and changed food
habits is expected to lead a happy purposeful life with heightened consciousness and perceptiveness. One such
yoga camp is Siddha Samadhi Yoga (SSY) camp which is believed to invoke the intellectual, emotional, mental
and physical potential in each individual. These yoga camps claim to have the powers of reversing the ill effects of
degenerative diseases. In view of the beneficial effects of Yoga, Meditation and changed food habits the effect of
Siddha Samadhi Yoga (SSY) camp’s on normal and diabetic subjects was planned.
Materials & methods: Thirty normal and thirty diabetic male subjects free from additional complications
belonging to twenty five to forty five years of age were selected from two camps conducted in Mahaboob Nagar
and Tirupathi. The BMI of all subjects was assessed. Blood samples were analysed for post prandial blood glucose;
serum cholesterol; serum iron and haemoglobin levels. Diet Survey was conducted on the basis of food intake record
provided by the subjects. The food habits of normal and diabetic subjects before and after the SSY camp of 18 days
was also studied.
Results & discussion: There was a significant difference in pre and post prandial blood glucose level of Normal
subjects (t = 4.9811 > 2.05) and Diabetics (t = 24.4962 > 2.05). The percent reduction in BMI is 4.2 and 4.1 in normal
and diabetic subjects respectively. Serum cholesterol levels among diabetics reduced by 4.1% and by 2.99% in
normal subjects. Serum Iron and haemoglobin levels improved in normal subjects by 8.4% and 14.95% respectively
in normal subjects while by 5% and 6.9% respectively in diabetics.
Summary & conclusion: The SSY camp has a significant effect in decreasing the post-prandial blood glucose
and serum cholesterol levels, intake of calories, carbohydrates, cholesterol, fat and significant increase in the intake
of fibre, vitamin C, iron and B-carotene.
Introduction
Materials & Methods
Degenerative diseases and cancer are emerging as major causes of
death not only in India but in other South and Southeast Asian countries as well. If present trends continue, India could emerge as one of the
countries with the highest concentration of cases of diabetes mellitus
and Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) within the next three decades [1].
Thirty normal and thirty diabetic male free from further complications of twenty five to forty five years of age were selected from two
camps conducted in Mahaboob Nagar and Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh,
India. General information regarding economic status, educational status, occupation, family size etc. was elicited using General information
questionnaire.
Yogic exercises are getting popular all over the world, not only for
health and physical fitness, but also for therapeutic purposes. Yogic
training tends to reduce the cholesterol level which is significant in
individuals having above normal limits [2]. Meditation reduces bodily
stress which is evident with reduced blood levels of cortisol and a lowered rate of urinary excretion of nitrogen and may prove useful for persons suffering from anxiety state and depression [3].
Antioxidant deficiency and free radical stress may be a risk factor
for the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It is possible that treatment with antioxidant vitamins may be protective [4].
Now-a-days a new way of life comprising of yogasana, pranayama,
meditation and changed food habits which is expected to lead a happy
purposeful life with heightened consciousness and perceptiveness. One
such yoga camp is Siddha Samadhi Yoga (SSY) camp which is said to
invoke the true intellectual, emotional, mental and physical potential in
each individual. These yoga camps claim to have the powers of reversing the ill effects of degenerative diseases [5].
In view of the beneficial effects of Yoga, Meditation and changed
food habits the effect of Siddha Samadhi Yoga (SSY) camp’s on normal
and diabetic subjects was planned.
J Diabetes Metab
ISSN:2155-6156 JDM, an open access journal
The BMI of all subjects were calculated based on the heights and
weights recorded. Blood samples were analysed for post prandial blood
glucose; serum cholesterol; serum iron and haemoglobin levels. Diet
Survey was conducted on the basis of food intake record provided by
the subjects before and at the end of the SSY camp of 18 days.
The height and weight of all subjects were recorded following the
methods of Jellifee [6] BMI was calculated using the formula weight in
*Corresponding author: Sreedevi K, Nutrition Consultant, Behavioral Science
Unit, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India, Tel: 9492059106; E-mail:
[email protected]
Received April 09, 2012; Accepted May 28, 2012; Published June 04, 2012
Citation: Sreedevi K, Devaki PB, Bhushanam GV (2012) Effect of Siddha Samadhi
Yoga Camps on Health and Nutritional Status of Normal and Diabetic Subjects. J
Diabetes Metab 3:195. doi:10.4172/2155-6156.1000195
Copyright: © 2012 Sreedevi K. This is an open-access article distributed under
the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted
use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and
source are credited.
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Citation: Sreedevi K, Devaki PB, Bhushanam GV (2012) Effect of Siddha Samadhi Yoga Camps on Health and Nutritional Status of Normal and
Diabetic Subjects. J Diabetes Metab 3:195. doi:10.4172/2155-6156.1000195
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kg/height in (m2) and compared with standard classification of James
et al. (1998). Five ml of the blood was drawn from each subject and
divided into three portions, one for estimation of blood glucose by Nelson and Somayagi [7] method, second for the estimation of serum cholesterol by Carr and Drekter [8] Method and the other for serum iron
by ⇐ ⇐dipyridyl method [9], and finger prick samples were collected
to estimate haemoglobin levels by cyanomethaemoglobin method [10].
WHO expert consultation recommends the acceptability of glycated haemoglobin, or HbA1c, as an additional test to diagnose diabetes. The higher cost in comparison to other diagnostic tools will, for
now, will make it harder for developing countries to use. It also remains