Diabetes control through psychotherapy

Mon, 24 Nov 2008
According to recent reports by UK research teams, novel psychotherapy approaches could help people with type 1 diabetes better manage their disease. Researchers integrated motivational enhancement therapy with cognitive behavioural therapy to draw their conclusions.

People who have type 1 diabetes face a daily regimen of insulin injections, as well as the needs to closely monitor diet and exercise . Research teams in the UK gave 344 type 1 diabetics with poor glucose control a combination of therapies. Over the course of a year, the team evaluated changes in blood sugar levels, depression, quality of life, diabetes self-care and weight .

The team also found that those patients who were given both psychological therapies had the best outcomes, including the greatest fall in blood glucose levels. The changes, however, remained relatively small and it is unknown whether they would continue after a 12 month period.
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