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Increasing diabetic self-care through guided imagery.

15 Aug
People have suspected for years that guided imagery is an ideal intervention for people with diabetes. Because it lowers stress and people with Type II Diabetes (also known as Adult Onset Diabetes) are famously responsive to stress, it seems pretty obvious. But not a whole lot of hard-core study has been done on the subject.

Harriet Conley Wichowski & Sylvia M. Kubsch have made a good start at studying imagery and diabetes. At the Professional Program in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, they did a a small case study on the impact of guided imagery in helping diabetic patients to adhere to a rigorous behavioral regimen.

Their article in Complementary Therapy Nurse Midwifery [1999 Dec: 5(6):159-63] reports that, with several cases, a guided imagery script used by health care practitioners was effective in improving adherence to blood testing, exercise, weight management and restrictive diet.

Citation: Wichowski HC, Kubsch SM. Increasing diabetic self-care through guided imagery. Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 1999 Dec;5(6):159-63.
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