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Review Papers (What's this?)

Effectiveness of Yoga as the Public Health Intervention Module in the Management of Diabetes and Diabetes Associated Dementia in South East Asia: A Narrative Review.
Bali P, Kaur N, Tiwari A, Bammidi S, Podder V, Devi C, Kumar S, Sivapuram MS, Ghani A, Modgil S, Malik N, Anand A.
Neuroepidemiology. 2020 Feb 19:1-17.
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The effect of yoga practice on glycemic control and other health parameters in the prediabetic state: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Ramamoorthi R, Gahreman D, Skinner T, Moss S.
PLoS One. 2019 Oct 16;14(10):e0221067.
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Therapeutic Role of Yoga in Type 2 Diabetes.
Raveendran AV, Deshpandae A, Joshi SR.
Endocrinol Metab (Seoul). 2018 Sep;33(3):307-317.
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The benefits of yoga practice compared to physical exercise in the management of type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Jayawardena R, Ranasinghe P, Chathuranga T, Atapattu PM, Misra A.
Diabetes Metab Syndr. 2018 Sep;12(5):795-805.
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The effects of yoga among adults with type 2 diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Thind H, Lantini R, Balletto BL, Donahue ML, Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Bock BC, Scott-Sheldon LAJ.
Prev Med. 2017 Dec;105:116-126.
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A narrative review on role of Yoga as an adjuvant in the management of risk factor, disease progression and the complications of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Mooventhan A.
Diabetes Metab Syndr. 2017 Nov;11 Suppl 1:S343-S346.
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The effect of yoga practice on glycemic control and other health parameters in Type 2 diabetes mellitus patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Vizcaino M, Stover E.
Complement Ther Med. 2016 Oct;28:57-66. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.06.007.
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Yoga for metabolic syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Cramer H, Langhorst J, Dobos G, Lauche R.
Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2016 Dec;23(18):1982-1993.
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Role of yoga for patients with type II diabetes mellitus: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Kumar V, Jagannathan A, Philip M, Thulasi A, Angadi P, Raghuram N.
Complement Ther Med. 2016 Apr;25:104-12.
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Yoga for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review of Controlled Trials.
Innes KE, Selfe TK.
J Diabetes Res. 2016;2016:6979370.
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Psycho-neuro-endocrine-immune mechanisms of action of yoga in type II diabetes.
Singh VP, Khandelwal B, Sherpa NT.
Anc Sci Life. 2015 Jul-Sep;35(1):12-7.
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The benefits of yoga for adults with type 2 diabetes: a review of the evidence and call for a collaborative, integrated research initiative.
de G R Hansen E, Innes KE.
Int J Yoga Therap. 2013;(23):71-83.
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Male reproductive health and yoga.
Sengupta P, Chaudhuri P, Bhattacharya K.
Int J Yoga. 2013 Jul;6(2):87-95.
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Notable Publications (What's this?)

Effect of an Integrated Naturopathy and Yoga Program on Long-Term Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients: A Prospective Cohort Study.
Bairy S, Rao MR, Edla SR, Manthena SR, Tatavarti NVGD.
Int J Yoga. 2020 Jan-Apr;13(1):42-49. doi: 10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_32_19.
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Randomized Controlled Trial of A 12-Week Yoga-Based (Including Diet) Lifestyle vs. Dietary Intervention on Cardio-Metabolic Risk Factors and Continuous Risk Score in Indian Adults with Metabolic Syndrome.
Yadav R, Yadav RK, Khadgawat R, Pandey RM, Upadhyay AD, Mehta N.
Behav Med. 2020 Jan-Mar;46(1):9-20.
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Efficacy of a Validated Yoga Protocol on Dyslipidemia in Diabetes Patients: NMB-2017 India Trial.
Nagarathna R, Tyagi R, Kaur G, Vendan V, Acharya IN, Anand A, Singh A, Nagendra HR.
Medicines (Basel). 2019 Oct 11;6(4).
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Partitioning of radiological, stress and biochemical changes in pre-diabetic women subjected to Diabetic Yoga Protocol.
Singh AK, Kaur N, Kaushal S, Tyagi R, Mathur D, Sivapuram MS, Metri K, Bammidi S, Podder V, Modgil S, Khosla R, Sharma K, Anand A, Malik N, Boroiah V, Nagarathna R, Nagendra HR, Anand A.
Diabetes Metab Syndr. 2019 Jul - Aug;13(4):2705-2713.
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Comparative efficacy of a 12 week yoga-based lifestyle intervention and dietary intervention on adipokines, inflammation, and oxidative stress in adults with metabolic syndrome: a randomized controlled trial.
Yadav R, Yadav RK, Khadgawat R, Pandey RM.
Transl Behav Med. 2019 Jul 16;9(4):594-604.
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Effectiveness of Adjuvant Yoga Therapy in Diabetic Lung: A Randomized Control Trial.
Balaji R, Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB, Ranganadin P, Balachandran K.
Int J Yoga. 2019 May-Aug;12(2):96-102.
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"I can do almost anything": The experience of adults with type 2 diabetes with a yoga intervention.
Thind H, Guthrie KM, Horowitz S, Conrad M, Bock BC.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2019 Feb;34:116-122.
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Feasibility of yoga as a complementary therapy for patients with type 2 diabetes: The Healthy Active and in Control (HA1C) study.
Bock BC, Thind H, Fava JL, Dunsiger S, Guthrie KM, Stroud L, Gopalakrishnan G, Sillice M, Wu W.
Complement Ther Med. 2019 Feb;42:125-131.
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Effect of Ayurveda intervention, lifestyle modification and Yoga in prediabetic and type 2 diabetes under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS)-AYUSH integration project.
Sharma R, Shahi VK, Khanduri S, Goyal A, Chaudhary S, Rana RK, Singhal R, Srikanth N, Dhiman KS.
Ayu. 2019 Jan-Mar;40(1):8-15.
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One Year of Yoga Training Alters Ghrelin Axis in Centrally Obese Adults With Metabolic Syndrome.
Yu AP, Ugwu FN, Tam BT, Lee PH, Lai CW, Wong CSC, Lam WW, Sheridan S, Siu PM.
Front Physiol. 2018 Sep 20;9:1321.
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Influence of Time of Yoga Practice and Gender Differences on Blood Glucose Levels in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Normal Healthy Adults.
Vijayakumar V, Mooventhan A, Raghuram N.
Explore (NY). 2018 Jul - Aug;14(4):283-288.
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Multidimensional Improvements in Health Following Hatha Yoga for Individuals with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy.
Van Puymbroeck M, Atler K, Portz JD, Schmid AA.
Int J Yoga Therap. 2018 Nov;28(1):71-78.
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Effect of 12 Weeks of Yoga Therapy on Quality of Life and Indian Diabetes Risk Score in Normotensive Indian Young Adult Prediabetics and Diabetics: Randomized Control Trial.
Keerthi GS, Pal P, Pal GK, Sahoo JP, Sridhar MG, Balachander J.
J Clin Diagn Res. 2017 Sep;11(9):CC10-CC14.
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Effect of yoga and aerobics exercise on sleep quality in women with Type 2 diabetes: a randomized controlled trial.
Ebrahimi M, Guilan-Nejad TN, Pordanjani AF.
Sleep Sci. 2017 Apr-Jun;10(2):68-72. doi: 10.5935/1984-0063.20170012.
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A Randomized controlled trial of the effect of yoga and peer support on glycaemic outcomes in women with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a feasibility study.
Sreedevi A, Gopalakrishnan UA, Karimassery Ramaiyer S, Kamalamma L.
BMC Complement Altern Med. 2017 Feb 7;17(1):100.
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Yoga for Risk Reduction of Metabolic Syndrome: Patient-Reported Outcomes from a Randomized Controlled Pilot Study.
Sohl SJ, Wallston KA, Watkins K, Birdee GS.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:3094589.
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Impact of individualized yoga therapy on perceived quality of life performance on cognitive tasks and depression among Type II diabetic patients.
Satish L, Lakshmi VS.
Int J Yoga. 2016 Jul-Dec;9(2):130-6.
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Effect of 6 months intense Yoga practice on lipid profile, thyroxine medication and serum TSH level in women suffering from hypothyroidism: A pilot study.
Nilakanthan S, Metri K, Raghuram N, Hongasandra N.
J Complement Integr Med. 2016 Jun 1;13(2):189-93.
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Effects of a 12-Week Hatha Yoga Intervention on Metabolic Risk and Quality of Life in Hong Kong Chinese Adults with and without Metabolic Syndrome.
Lau C, Yu R, Woo.
PLoS One. 2015 Jun 25;10(6):e0130731.
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Effects of 1-year yoga on cardiovascular risk factors in middle-aged and older adults with metabolic syndrome: a randomized trial.
Siu PM, Yu AP, Benzie IF, Woo J.
Diabetol Metab Syndr. 2015 Apr 30;7:40.
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Completion report: Effect of Comprehensive Yogic Breathing program on type 2 diabetes: A randomized control trial.
Jyotsna VP, Dhawan A, Sreenivas V, Deepak KK, Singla R.
Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Jul;18(4):582-4.
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Effect of restorative yoga vs. stretching on diurnal cortisol dynamics and psychosocial outcomes in individuals with the metabolic syndrome: the PRYSMS randomized controlled trial.
Corey SM, Epel E, Schembri M, Pawlowsky SB, Cole RJ, Araneta MR, Barrett-Connor E, Kanaya AM.
Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2014 Nov;49:260-71.
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A yoga intervention for type 2 diabetes risk reduction: a pilot randomized controlled trial.
McDermott KA, Rao MR, Nagarathna R, Murphy EJ, Burke A, Nagendra RH, Hecht FM.
BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Jul 1;14:212.
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Restorative yoga and metabolic risk factors: the Practicing Restorative Yoga vs. Stretching for the Metabolic Syndrome (PRYSMS) randomized trial.
Kanaya AM, Araneta MR, Pawlowsky SB, Barrett-Connor E, Grady D, Vittinghoff E, Schembri M, Chang A, Carrion-Petersen ML, Coggins T, Tanori D, Armas JM, Cole RJ.
J Diabetes Complications. 2014 May-Jun;28(3):406-12.
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Effect of regular yogic training on growth hormone and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate as an endocrine marker of aging.
Chatterjee S, Mondal S.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:240581.
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