Two articles in Evidence-Based Diabetes Management examine the relationships among stress, diabetes and the brain, and the growing body of research into yoga's positive effects on reducing stress and improving health.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 27, 2014
A Look at Stress, Diabetes, and the Brain: What Are We Learning, and Can Yoga Offer a Solution?
PLAINSBORO, N.J. — Physicians and researchers are understanding more about how stress affects the brain, the body, and the severity of diabetes, and the most recent issue of Evidence-Based Diabetes Management takes a look at these relationships through the eyes of two Duke University researchers who have been studying them for three decades: Mark Feinglos, MD, and Richard Surwit, PhD. For the full story, click here.
The collaboration of a medical doctor and a psychologist to get at the mechanisms driving the epidemics of diabetes and obesity shouldn’t seem so unusual. But medicine—in practice and especially in reimbursement—tends to separate the brain and body. Drs. Feinglos and Surwit have worked against that tide to learn a great deal, some of which has been translated into new therapies.
Their interview in Evidence-Based Diabetes Management, a news publication of The American Journal of Managed Care, is accompanied by a story on the increase in scholarly work on the effects of yoga, including yoga therapy. Yoga is increasingly embraced by medical professionals as an alternative treatment to relieve stress or pain, and promote wellness. The number of research articles on yoga listed on PubMed has jumped six-fold over the past decade, and the insurer Aetna has even sponsored a story on yoga’s effects on its employees taking part in a wellness program. However, reimbursement for yoga by health insurers remains elusive.
Among the insights offered by Drs. Feinglos and Surwit:
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