Type 2 Diabetics – Boosting Low Moods Can Do Wonders for Diabetes!

Type 2 Diabetics – Boosting Low Moods Can Do Wonders for Diabetes! – If you talk to doctors or scientists about the factors that play into the management of Type 2 diabetes, their focus will inevitably focus on things from the neck down. More than likely they will talk to you using terms like “abdominal obesity”, “glycemic control” and “metformin”. But according to a new study conducted by researchers the University of Michigan Health System, diabetes practitioners should pay more attention to their patient’s mental health.
In this research study of 145 adults with Type 2 diabetes, those that received mental health care in addition to the usual battery of physical treatments, fared much better than those that had their minds largely ignored. The results of this research, published in the May 2011 Medical Care, found that a 12 week intervention of cognitive behavioral therapy improved the mental and physical well-being of the volunteers. Blood pressure, physical activity levels and HbA1c percentages all improved with the behavioral intervention.
The researchers noted that diabetes and depression are commonly found together. They hypothesize that reducing symptoms of depression helps Type 2 diabetics take control of their health and follow the advice of their health care team. Even better, the mental health treatments don’t have to be time-consuming or expensive… the brief counseling sessions were conducted entirely over the phone.
If you didn’t happen to be one of the 145 volunteers in this study, here is how you can boost your mental well-being, thereby boosting the health of your entire body:
Omega-3’s: Although the research is somewhat conflicting, omega-3 fats can help people with depression. Omega-3’s also have the benefit of reducing inflammation and improving insulin sensitivity. To get more omega-3’s into your diet you can eat fatty fish like mackerel and salmon, or simply take a fish oil supplement.
Stay Active: It may seem like annoyingly common advice, but exercise is crucial for the health of your body and your mind. Studies show that just 20 minutes of walking per day significantly reduces depression symptoms and help you manage your blood sugar levels more effectively.
Talk it Out: The volunteers in this study took advantage of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a branch of psychology that helps you think more positively. You can try this on your own using many of the books published on cognitive behavioral therapy.
However, you’ll likely benefit more by hooking up with a licensed professional. CBT is especially powerful for diabetics because it can help you feel more empowered and less victimized about your Type 2 diabetes.