Diabetes

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes occurs because the body can’t use glucose properly, either owing to a lack of the hormone insulin or because the insulin available doesn’t work effectively.

There are several types of diabetes and the most common are:

Type 1 diabetes – the body is unable to produce any insulin.

It usually starts in childhood or young adulthood, and is treated with diet control and insulin injections.

Type 2 diabetes

This occurs when not enough insulin is produced or the insulin that is made by the body doesn’t work properly.

According to the charity Diabetes UK, nearly 3 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with the condition, up from 1.4 million in 1996. It’s estimated that by 2025, approximately 5 million people will have diabetes. Most of these will be type 2 diabetes, mainly due to our ageing population and the rapidly rising numbers of overweight and obese people.

Coping with Diabetes

It’s important to have ongoing support, both at the early diagnosis stage and afterwards. In particular, help is available to offer assistance to individuals coping with diagnosis. This includes information on eating sensibly and keeping active.

How can hypnotherapy help?

There are four main areas that can be helped with hypnotherapy

Managing Your weight Motivation and Goal setting techniques
Emotional Well Being Understanding and coping with depression and anxiety
Alcohol consumption Relaxation and stress reduction techniques as an alternative to alcohol
Stop Smoking Research shows hypnosis is three times more effective than nicotine replacement therapy. (Journal of Applied Psychology)

 

Working along Primary Healthcare professionals, I support clients on a one-to-one basis to make any changes required by them, in order to deal more effectively with their condition.

The sessions will include hypnotherapy as a relaxation tool to reduce the worry and stress associated with diabetes. In addition, visualisation and NLP (neuro linguistic programming) techniques will be utilised to remove any fears associated with the situation.

Aspects of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and solutions focused brief therapy will then allow you to take control, and to concentrate on more positive aspects of your life.

The number of session required will be determined by the severity of the symptoms, however this is usually between 8-12 sessions initially. Ongoing support sessions will then be available thereafter.  This will be discussed during the initial consultation.

You should ensure that you seek medical attention in order to have the condition diagnosed and treatment options outlined by your doctor, prior to hypnotherapy.

For local support and information about diabetes, visit :

http://canterbury-and-coastal.diabetesukgroup.org

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