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Cellular Imagery for Diabetes Explained to Perplexed Audio User

11 Aug

We get this question a lot from people with diabetes, when they haven’t had the opportunity to talk with a diabetes educator and get the skinny on how their condition works. So in honor of AADE, we thought we’d post it again – it’s been a while anyway, and it’s time to show it again….

Hello, Ms. Naparstek:

I have been listening to the Diabetes CD, having been diagnosed with Insulin Resistance/High Blood Sugar -- and you speak in the CD about opening the body and cells to sweetness and fully opening the body and cells to absorb glucose.

I am slightly puzzled, as I had been under the impression that there was too much glucose in my bloodstream -- and that, for whichever reason, the insulin receptors on the cells are burned out and not absorbing insulin, anymore. I must be wrong, but I am not sure how.

Is the controlling diabetes CD still a good one to listen to for those of us with hyperinsulemia? Thank you so much.

Carrie
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Carrie,

We've gotten this question a lot over the years.  With diabetes, the sugar in the bloodstream doesn't get absorbed by the cells - so it hangs around and makes mischief, corroding organs and compromising blood vessels.  

Often, with Type 2, the body is still producing insulin but for various reasons, it doesn't get used properly - so the insulin just hangs around in the blood stream, contributing to a feeling of sluggishness, maybe even some depression, that people with diabetes can experience.  

So the idea of the imagery is to encourage the body to make proper use of these elements - hooking up the insulin properly so it can open up the cells to taking in the sugar, removing it from the bloodstream, and putting it to good work in the cells to produce energy and growth.

The imagery also plays with the notion that this quirky cellular tendency is a possible hologram for the whole person - so there’s imagery to encourage the idea of taking in sweetness from life in general.

Hope that answers your question.

All best,
Belleruth
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Carrie further responds:

Thank you.  Yes, both make sense to me.  It has been a battle to get any information from my doctor and so I have obviously been awash in a sea of ignorance!

The funny thing is that, in my family, my father and I have high blood sugar, and both of us are the compulsive givers who find it very hard to receive anything -- so the idea that the cells are saying: No, really. That's okay: I really didn't need that: you go ahead and take it makes a lot of sense to me. I loved your imagery about receiving the sweetness of life in the CD.

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Written by Ann, May 11, 2010

Carrie,

One image that helps me a lot in understanding this is:

Picture each cell in your body as a small house. There is a door to the house with a lock, and the door is locked. The key is like insulin, the way the door can open up to take things in.

Now imagine -- the people inside the house are hungry, so they call out for pizza. The pizza comes and the delivery person wants to get it into the house. But the door is locked. If there is no key, that is like type 1 diabetes -- no insulin being made by the body. But suppose there is a key, in fact there might be several keys, but the lock is so rusty they cannot open the door. That is like type 2 diabetes, what is called insulin resistance.

Meanwhile, the people inside are getting hungrier and hungrier. the pizza does not arrive, so they call out for more. The first delivery person leaves the pizza by the door, and maybe the second and third ones do too. When the people finally open the door, there is too much pizza there, and the people gain weight. That is also like type 2 diabetes: you feel hungry even when you have eaten, because the glucose does not get inside the cells. But eventually it does, and in fact your hunger guides you to eat more than you need.

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Written by Belleruth, May 11, 2010

Fantastic imagery, Ann!!! Thanks very much!!

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Written by Betsy, September 30, 2011

Hello Belleruth,

I have type 1 diabetes (I've had for 24 years, almost all my life). You always hear so much about type two diabetes and how it can be prevented and even reversed, but almost nothing about type 1. My question is, do you think this imagery can be just as effective for type 1 as type 2 (knowing there is no insulin to work with). Thanks for your input. I love your books. By the way, I am also a nurse and a hypnotherapist ;)
Take care,
Betsy

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Written by Mary, October 15, 2011

Hi Belleruth,

Like Betsy (Sept 30, 2011 post), I also have Type I diabetes (45 years). I'm wondering if the guided imagery for diabetes is recommended for Type I as well as Type II?

I have been using your Guided Imagery downloads for headaches from PTS and have experienced relief. Thanks for that.

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Written by Belleruth

This imagery can also work with Type 1 as well, though, because of the way the language of the imagery is phrased.  It talks about making good use of the insulin in the bloodstream, from whatever the source. This includes insulin from a syringe or a pump or anything that’s externally derived.  So yes, please go ahead and use it – you’re covered.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award