Many people with type 1 diabetes develop more health problems as a result of their disease. Here, medical professionals are looking for new ways and means to treat diabetes. But can techniques such as meditation or mindfulness-based cognitive therapies reliably help those affected to better manage their condition?
Researchers from the University of Aberdeen are currently trying to find out if meditating on type 1 diabetes can help control the disease better. The scientists found that techniques such as meditation actually help those affected to better manage the disease and reduce anxiety and depression, the University of Aberdeen reports in a press release on the ongoing study.
Fears and depression complicate the treatment of diabetes
Meditation can help people with type 1 diabetes to better manage their illnesses and related anxieties and worries. Such techniques increase the emotional well-being of sufferers, explain the experts. In the new study, the researchers sought to identify whether meditation techniques can improve mindfulness and reduce anxiety and depression. Some sufferers find it very difficult to come to terms with the disease. They find it problematic to measure and regulate their blood sugar levels several times a day, explain the experts. Improved mindfulness would therefore be helpful in optimizing blood sugar levels.
About a third of all adults with diabetes experience significant levels of anxiety and depression, which makes it difficult to properly manage and effectively manage the condition, the authors report. Such people release a high level of stress hormones. These include, for example, adrenaline and cortisol. These cause glucose to be released in our bloodstream. The process increases the blood glucose level. Depression is usually characterized by tiredness and low motivation. With these effects, sufferers find it hard to spend the time and energy to manage complex, long-term illnesses such as diabetes, the researchers explain.
helps sufferers with anxiety and depression
According to the researchers, people with type 1 diabetes always have to balance three key factors in their lives: Carbohydrates in the diet drive blood glucose up while exercising or injecting insulinthe sugar level is lowered. Different foods contain different amounts of glucose. Some insulins work in different ways, and some activities burn glucose at faster rates. Thus, a diabetes disease forms an endless, complex balancing act. This is difficult to manage for sufferers who already suffer from anxiety or depression.
People with anxiety and depression often worry about past failures or future disasters that are unlikely to ever occur, they sayExperts. A mindfulness-based therapy and meditation help focus on the "here and now"Keen from the University of Aberdeen. This makes it easier for sufferers to address their real problems and focus on the disease instead of burdening themselves with worries and past events, Keen adds. A specially developed mindfulness-based cognitive therapy reduces anxiety and depression in people with diabetes. The ongoing pilot study will determine the exact effect of this treatment in adults with type 1 diabetes, the researchers say. The investigation will run for a period of 2 years.( As)