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It is mentioned in classical Ayurvedic texts and proven in modern experiments that Vata (Vayu) type individuals will have maximum propensity for chronic diseases.

In ideal condition where air, water, food and social conditions are in great shape, humans start last phase of life around age 60. This is the age when body start experiencing Vata disorder.

Natural predominance of Vata over other dosha happen after we crosses 60. (Age 0 to 14 : Kapha, 14 to 60 : Pitta).

Unfortunately, due to life style, Vata becomes predominance in young age. So we see many in early 30s with VP Prakriti i.e. Vata heavy and PItta as secondary.VP Prakriti individuals have greater degree of Vata dosha so the individuals are more reactive to any kind of stimuli and prone to develop chronic stress leading to different kind of psychosomatic disorders.The reason for this could be that Pitta is responsible for intelligence and Vata is responsible for initiation and enthusiasm.
So to save our youth from diabetes, blood pressure and further complications, it is mandatory to engage them in exercise. It is very well defined in Ayurvedic text books that in advanced stage Prameha, exercises like physical exercise, wrestling, sports, riding elephant, horse and chariot, travelling on foot and moving around and also feats of archery are to be practiced. And since high calorie diet with no exercise is routine for many, they are prone to madhuprameha (Advance stage of prameha).

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Research


Effect of walking (aerobic isotonic exercise) on physiological variants with special reference to Prameha (diabetes mellitus) as per Prakriti

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3456862/

Walking is an isotonic aerobic exercise and has been associated with reduced blood sugar level in diabetic patients and other physiological changes in observational studies. A study was conducted to determine the effect of isotonic aerobic exercise (walking) on blood sugar level and other important physiological parameters as per Prakriti. This study was carried out in Department of Kriya Sharira and Kayachikita, S. S. Hospital; Faculty of Ayurveda, IMS, BHU and some cases were enrolled from Kashi Mumukshu Bhawan, Assi, Varanasi. A total 83 (32 diabetic control and 51 diabetic exercise) diabetic cases were included with age ranging from 35 to 65 years during January 2009 to January 2011. Control cases enrolled in this study had not performed any exercise. The results of the study revealed that, there is a strong association in between Prakriti, Blood pressure and certain other Biochemical parameters.

Conclusions

The present work covered a study of 83 cases. Out of these 44 males, 39 females. In this research work, maximum number of cases 57 (68.67%) belonged to VataPiitaja (VP) Prakriti and minimum number of cases 8 (9.645%) belonged to Vata-Kaphaja Prakriti. Incidence of male patients was high. In nut shell, on the basis of the observations, it can be concluded that the systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, pulse pressure and respiratory rate are the specific responses that may have a strong association with the Prakriti of an individual at certain physiological conditions. Along with it, certain other biochemical parameters i.e., blood sugar level, lipid profile have shown strong association with Prakriti and walking in diabetic individuals. Vata–Piitaja (VP)Prakriti individuals have shown maximum response in the study. Certain other biochemical parameters i.e., blood sugar level, lipid profile have shown strong association with Prakriti and exercise. Walking is effective in maintenance of health, prevention of diseases like diabetes mellitus.

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