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Type 2 diabetes and how hypnosis can help

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, which occurs when blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is our main source of energy and comes mainly from the food that we eat. Insulin, which is a hormone made by the pancreas helps glucose get into the cells within our body to be used for energy. When type 2 diabetes is prevalent, the body either does not make enough insulin or use it efficiently. Too much glucose then stays in the blood, with not enough reaching the cells.

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes often develop slowly over a period of several years and these symptoms can often be so mild that they can go unnoticed, often until a routine health check is conducted or another related health problem occurs.

Who is at risk of diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can develop at any age, even during childhood but people over the age of 40 (or over 25 in the case of South Asian people) are at greater risk.

This greater risk also extends to

People of Asian, African – Caribbean or Black African even, if they were born in the UK

Those with a family history of diabetes

People who are overweight or obese

People who are not physically active.

Certain health conditions such as a high blood pressure can also affect the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Complications of type 2 diabetes

Following a diligent care plan can help to protect against the health-related problems which can occur with diabetes.

However, if diabetes is not managed it could lead to problems such as

· nerve damage

· heart disease or stroke

· kidney disease

· dental problems including gum disease

· diabetic retinopathy (a condition which can result in loss of sight if not treated)

· bladder and sexual problems

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include

· increased hunger

· increased thirst

· the need to urinate more frequently, particularly during the night

· feeling very tired

· blurred vision

· numbness or tingling in the hands or feet

· cuts and wounds taking longer to heal

· unexplained weight loss

The good news is that there are things which we can do to manage blood glucose levels, prevent, or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

These include

· quitting smoking if you are a smoker

· managing blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol

· eating healthy meals and limiting calories if you are overweight

· increasing physical exercise

· seek advice from your GP if concerned and take any prescribed medications

How can hypnosis help?

Hypnosis is a very deep state of relaxation and relaxation plays a critical role in controlling stress levels and maintaining good mental health.

Studies have shown that people with diabetes are at an increased risk of depression, which can lead to emotional eating, consequently making it more difficult to manage insulin levels.

Hypnosis increases self-confidence and helps improve beliefs about a brighter future, thereby reducing depression and the need for emotional eating to help to control diabetes and improving mental health.

Hypnosis can assist with reducing and reversing negative behaviours that lead to diabetes such as controlling overeating and snacking on sweet foods. It can also help with weight loss and provide motivation for exercise.

The power of suggestion used within hypnotherapy to the subconscious mind can literally reprogram the body to make better and healthier choices.

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