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Raghuram Nagarathna, MD, FRCP, DSc receives the ADA’s Vivian Fonseca and Nagendran Family Diabetes Research Award

Raghuram Nagarathna, MD, FRCP, DSc, has been selected to receive the American Diabetes Association’s® (ADA’s) 2019 Vivian Fonseca and Nagendran Family Diabetes Research Award. This award, given in memory of Mr. P. Nagendran, promotes and recognizes diabetes research focused on the South Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations, and/or research by a scientist from these areas. The Award honors the contributions of Dr. Vivian Fonseca, a former ADA President, Medicine & Science and the Tullis-Tulane Alumni Chair in Diabetes, Professor of Medicine Chief in the Section of Endocrinology at Tulane University School of Medicine. During his many years of service to the organization and the diabetes community, Dr. Fonseca served as a mentor and role model to many researchers and clinicians in the continuing quest for advances in diabetes care. Dr. Raghuram will be recognized with this honor during the ADA’s 79th Scientific Sessions, June 7–11, 2019, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. She will deliver the Vivian Fonseca and Nagendran Family Diabetes Research Award Presentation, “Diabetes Prevention through Yoga-Based Lifestyle: A Pan-India Randomized Controlled Trial,” on Saturday, June 8. 

“Thank you, Dr. Nagarathna, for your tireless efforts to improve treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes in underserved populations and poor countries,” said the ADA’s 2019 President of Medicine and Science Louis H. Philipson, MD, PhD, FACP. “Your innovative work has had an impressive impact on the lives of many people. Congratulations on this honor.” 

Dr. Nagarathna is the Medical Director of Arogyadhama Naturopathy and Yoga Clinic, a 250-bed teaching hospital of integrative medicine that combines an evidence-based Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy (IAYT, including disease specific  asanas, breathing techniques, meditation, yogic diet, and yogic counseling) with modern medicine, Ayurveda, naturopathy, acupuncture, and physiotherapy offered to  patients with different noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), under the supervision of a team of experts in each of these specialties.

She also serves as a distinguished professor in the medical college, guides PhD students, and works as the principal investigator for many funded yoga-related clinical projects of the Vivekananda (S-VYASA) University in South Bengaluru, India. She is a member of yoga-related policy making national committees of the World Health Organization, Niti Aayog, university grants commission, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), and the Indian Yoga Association.    

Dr. Nagarathna has authored more than 60 publications in peer reviewed high impact journals, written 12 books, published DVDs, and given TV serials on yoga for different NCDs including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, spinal problems, and women’s health issues.

The Vivian Fonseca and Nagendran Family Diabetes Research Award is given in memory of Mr. P. Nagendran and funded by a grant from Suku Nagendran, MD, and Anne Nagendran.

The American Diabetes Association’s 79th Scientific Sessions, the world’s largest scientific meeting focused on diabetes research, prevention and care, will be held June 7-11, 2019, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Nearly 15,000 leading physicians, scientists, health care professionals and industry representatives from around the world are expected to convene at the Scientific Sessions to unveil cutting-edge research, treatment recommendations and advances toward a cure for diabetes. During the five-day meeting, attendees will receive exclusive access to more than 850 presentations and 2,000 original research presentations, participate in provocative and engaging exchanges with leading diabetes experts, and can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) or Continuing Education (CE) credits for educational sessions. The program is grouped into eight thematic areas: Acute and Chronic Complications; Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Education and Exercise; Clinical Diabetes/Therapeutics; Epidemiology/Genetics; Immunology/Transplantation; Insulin Action/Molecular Metabolism; Integrated Physiology/Obesity; and Islet Biology/Insulin Secretion. Gretchen Youssef, MS, RDN, CDE, President of Health Care and Education, will deliver her address, “It’s All about Access!,” on Saturday, June 8, and Louis H. Philipson, MD, PhD, FACP, President of Medicine and Science, will deliver his lecture, “Precision Medicine—Addressing the Many Faces of Diabetes,” on Sunday, June 9. Join the Scientific Sessions conversation on social media using #ADA2019.

About the American Diabetes Association

Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. Nearly 115 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For nearly 80 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy and education designed to improve their quality of life. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Information is available in English and Spanish. Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).

Ultimate Guide to Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy represents a new approach to mental health that seeks to alleviate emotional pain and restore well-being through a series of meditative practices that involve both the body and mind.

Over the last decades, researchers and mental health professionals have realized what Hindu monks have been teaching for thousands of years – a holistic approach to psychological and physical health is the key to balance and well-being.

Yoga – which is the foundation of yoga therapy – is an extremely complex spiritual tradition that has a history of roughly five thousand years, rich literature, and clear practice guidelines.

Luckily, over the years, practitioners have simplified this approach and made it accessible to anyone who’s interested in self-exploration and self-growth.

Yoga Therapy: What is it?

Considered both an art and a discipline, yoga is an ancient Indian practice characterized by meditation and physical activity, which can improve the body’s flexibility, reduce stress, and cultivate an overall state of health and well-being.

Yoga therapy represents a collection of principles, techniques, and practices derived from Hindu philosophy and adapted to clinical settings. By using meditation, breathing techniques, and body poses, this approach aims to improve our overall health and promote a state of calm and well-being.

According to a 2013 study [1], yoga therapy helps people with mental illness by cultivating a state of calm, increasing awareness and focus, promoting acceptance and adaptability, and cultivating a sense of security.

Yoga Therapy Theory

In Sanskrit (a language of ancient India), yoga means union. In other words, yoga therapy promotes an integrative and holistic [2] approach to mental health.

The union that yoga therapists and practitioners often mention is that between body, mind, and spirit. Yoga teachings stipulate that once we unite these three fundamental aspects of human experience into one element, we can reach a state of balance and health on all levels.

Some practitioners go so far as to believe that spiritual enlightenment and true unity can only be achieved in India, the birthplace of Yoga.

However, this doesn’t mean that yoga – as a series of health-promoting practices – can’t be effective in other parts of the world. In fact, countless practitioners have successfully promoted and implemented this approach all over the globe.

How Does Yoga Therapy Suggest the Mind Works?

In yoga therapy, the relationship between body, mind, and spirit represents a fundamental element that can serve as an explanatory model for the cause of physical and mental illness and also provide a pathway to balance and healing.

We all strive, more or less consciously, to free ourselves from the limited notion of what we are or, more precisely, what we commonly believe we are. In broad lines, we tend to identify with our body, mind, possessions, relationships, social status, bringing all these elements into one comprehensive picture we call ‘life.’

But these mental constructs are merely shadows of the truth that lies within ourselves; a truth that’s often hard to understand because of ignorance, narrow-mindedness, or lack of self-awareness.

By taking a holistic approach to health, yoga therapy seeks to restore balance and well-being through a series of physical, mental, and spiritual practices.

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