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Diabetes Week

13 to 19 June is National Diabetes Week. Its organised by Diabetes UK, a UK charity that helps to inform about and fight Diabetes. So, what is diabetes? Well it’s a disorder characterised by prolonged high blood sugar levels (Hyperglycaemia). And it’s more common than you might think – 1 in 14 people in the UK have some form of diabetes.

It is caused by either the pancreas not producing enough insulin, or the body not responding properly to the insulin produced. Insulin is the hormone which is responsible for regulating glucose and helping the body extract sugar from food and getting it into cells to be used for energy. 

There are three main types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes results from the pancreas not producing enough insulin. This is caused by an autoimmune response that attacks the cells that produce insulin. Why this happens is not currently known. Symptoms typically appear in childhood or adolescence, although it can develop in later life. It is not lifestyle and diet related.
  • Type 2 diabetes starts with insulin resistance, a condition in which the body doesn’t respond properly to insulin.  As it progresses, a lack of enough insulin can also develop. It is more common in older adults. However, there has been a significant increase in obesity among children and this has led to more cases in younger people. The most common cause is a combination of being overweight and a lack of exercise.
  • A less well known type is Gestational diabetes which occurs when pregnant women develop high blood sugar levels. Blood sugar level usually returns to normal soon after giving birth.

So how do you know if you have diabetes? Well the most common symptoms are going to the bathroom a lot, thirst, feeling tired, weight loss (without trying), genital itching and thrush, wounds take longer to heal, blurred vision and increased hunger.

But, fear not, the good news is if you have type 2 diabetes you can do something about it, manage and even put it into remission. To do this you have to change your lifestyle to eat more healthily and take more exercise. Now this is not a crash, short term diet, but a permanent change in your habits. As Sonia Sotomayor (US Supreme Court Justice) said, “Diabetes taught me discipline”.

Being overweight, not exercising and smoking are three of the largest risk factors that lead to serious conditions such as diabetes and cancer.  Unfortunately, these can be some of hardest things to change in your life. As Stephen Furst (American Actor, Director and Producer) put it, “The way to deal with the devil of obesity and diabetes is literally one day at a time”.

But Hypnotherapy can help you to break habits and routines, get motivated, stay focused and explore the root causes of these life style choices. This is such a powerful tool to fight type 2 diabetes that I have made a short film to illustrate it. If you think hypnotherapy can help with your diabetes or to make lifestyle changes then contact me.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a medical condition where your blood glucose (sugar) level is too high. This happens when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced in your Pancreas that allows your body to use glucose as energy.

There are two main types of diabetes, type one and type two. With type one you don’t make any insulin. With type two the insulin you produce is not effective or you don’t produce enough. Both types are serious conditions and can have a major impact on health.

It is thought that around one in fifteen people in the UK have diabetes. This includes about one million people with type two diabetes that may not know it or have not been diagnosed. Common symptoms of diabetes include going to the toilet a lot, feeling really thirsty, feeling tired, losing weight without trying to, genital itching or thrush, wounds take longer to heal and blurred vision.

If you have type one diabetes (your body doesn’t produce insulin at all) then you need medication. Often with type two diabetes a change of eating habits and life style can help ease the symptoms. Taking more exercise, eating better, stopping smoking and reducing or eliminating alcohol are all excellent steps to take. As Dick Gregory (American Comedian) said, “People with high blood pressure, diabetes – those are conditions brought about by life style. If you change the life style, those conditions will leave”. And this is where hypnotherapy can help by supporting you to break these eating and life style habits and patterns of behaviour.

Some people with diabetes experience what’s called Diabetes Distress. This has similar symptoms to stress, anxiety and depression. Again hypnotherapy can help you to reduce these symptoms and manage them better.

This is so important that I have made a short video presentation about it. You can see it here.

If you think hypnotherapy can help you with managing diabetes or any other life style changes you need to make, then contact me.