We got this question from a diabetes educator who attended the annual meeting in Philadelphia this past August, where Belleruth gave a keynote.
This meeting is attended by Certified Diabetes Educators, Nurse Practitioners, RN’s, Endocrinologists, Pharmacists, Nutritionists and Dieticians, not to mention Psychologists, Social Workers and Family Medicine Docs.
In her talk, BR provided the latest research showing the awesome impact of mind-body methods on blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c, cholesterol, blood pressure, neuropathy, motivation for increased self-care. She also offered tips for successfully introducing guided imagery to someone with diabetes.
One of the most exciting new things: the conference is sending to every one of the 2800 attendees a digital Notebook, pre-loaded with terrific information and tools for patients, including several of our guided imagery programs that target issues associated with diabetes. What a wonderful use of digital resources!
Gulf Medical University in Ajman, United Arab Emirates, and Medical College Trivandrum in Kerala, India, assessed the efficacy of yoga in managing dyslipidemia in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Patients (n=100) were randomly assigned to either a yoga group or a control group. The yoga subjects practiced one hr/day for three months, while receiving oral hypoglycemic medication.
The controls received medication only (treatment as usual).
Lipid profiles of both groups were compared at the start and at the end of the three months.
Dear Health Journeys and Belleruth,
I am very interested in your products. Is there a place I can find published research in support of the results that the products claim to have, i.e. lowering anxiety, blood pressure, self esteem, self worth, etc. Thank you.
Hello, Andrew. Thanks for the question.
As you may already know, we have archived hundreds of mind-body studies, mostly Randomized Controlled Trials, but some feasibility and pilot studies, examining the efficacy of guided imagery, hypnosis, relaxation, meditation, yoga, massage therapy, MBSR, tai chi, breathwork, music therapy, acupressure and the like, in our databases at www.belleruthnaparstek.com/hot-research - you can search by health condition or by technique on the navigation bar on the left. Every week we post new studies and have been doing so since 1997, so there is an awful lot of content archived on those pages.
Researchers at the Ann Arbor V.A. Healthcare System in Flint, Michigan evaluated the impact of telephone-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) targeting diabetic patients' management of depressive symptoms, physical activity levels, and diabetes-related outcomes. Concern about the need for between-visit support in this population was what generated this study.
Two hundred ninety-one patients with type 2 diabetes and significant depressive symptoms (Beck Depression Inventory scores ≥ 14) were recruited from community-based, university-based, and Veterans Affairs health care systems.
A manualized telephone CBT program was delivered weekly by nurses for 12 weeks, followed by 9 monthly booster sessions. Sessions initially focused exclusively on patients' depression management and then added a pedometer-based walking program.
Do you have any tapes to help diabetics stay on their diet? A tape of affirmations for diabetics would be very helpful. For many, diet is a matter of life and death, not just an aesthetic problem. I would love to have such a tape!
Dave, I agree entirely! You’re preachin’ to the choir, Dude! Only it might be more motivating and effective for you to think of this as a quest for good nutrition as opposed to staying on a diet.
And yes, we do have an audio program that targets diabetes (designed to encompass both Type 1 and Type 2) and it contains within it, among other things, some motivational imagery, some solid, accurate cellular imagery for diabetes (seeing the cells connecting with your insulin so they can absorb sugar from the bloodstream) along with corresponding metaphoric imagery (giving yourself permission to take in love, beauty and sweetness from the environment).
Researchers from the University of Heidelberg in Germany examined the long term impact of a mindfulness based intervention (MBSR) on patients with type 2 diabetes over 5 years, as compared with treatment as usual. Psychosocial distress (depression, stress), progression of nephropathy and subjective health status were measured. This article presents data up to the first year of follow-up.
Patients with type 2 diabetes and micro-albuminuria were randomized to a mindfulness-based intervention (n = 53) or a treatment-as-usual control condition (n = 57).
We were tickled pink to discover this personal story in the product review section of our Diabetes imagery page. And it’s consistent with the research, as well as with other reports we’ve been given, from patients, docs and certified diabetes educators. By implementing some proactive relaxation strategies, this woman was able to lower the dosage of the medications she was taking to control her diabetes.
Here’s what Katha posted:
My nurse told me that regular relaxation might possibly reduce my blood sugar. I started three new relaxing activities which I had never tried before. I joined a hatha yoga class that meets three times a week at the community center. I also started listening to either the Health Journeys Diabetes imagery or the General Wellness imagery, in the morning and the evening.
I am not sure how far this will take me, but last week, my nurse-educator told me that I am definitely taking too much medication, and that we will have to start cutting it down!
Awesome Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator Jane Seley, GNP, MPH, MSN, CDE loves her challenging in-patient work at New York Presbyterian – she also loved what she was doing when she was at Beth Israel, too. I’ve known her for at least 20 years.
She shares a ton of critically useful information about this raging epidemic in her terrific TV interview with Scott King, the editor of Diabetes Health. Don’t miss this video if you know somebody with diabetes.
Hello, Ms. Naparstek:
I have been listening to the Control 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.
Researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles conducted a 4-week pilot study to determine whether Interactive Guided Imagery could be effective for stress reduction (and therefore reduce the metabolic disease risk associated with obesity and hypercortisolism) in overweight Latino adolescents.