Yoga Improves Dyslipidemia in People with Type 2 Diabetes | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 12 August 2013

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Gulf Medical University in Ajman, United Arab Emirates, and Medical College Trivandrum in Kerala, India, assessed the efficacy of yoga in managing dyslipidemia in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Patients (n=100) were randomly assigned to either a yoga group or a control group.  The yoga subjects practiced one hr/day for three months, while receiving oral hypoglycemic medication.

The controls received medication only (treatment as usual).

Lipid profiles of both groups were compared at the start and at the end of the three months.

Targeting Diabetes and Depression with Telephone-Delivered CBT | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 07 January 2013

Researchers at the Ann Arbor V.A. Healthcare System in Flint, Michigan evaluated the impact of telephone-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) targeting diabetic patients' management of depressive symptoms, physical activity levels, and diabetes-related outcomes.  Concern about the need for between-visit support in this population was what generated this study.  

Two hundred ninety-one patients with type 2 diabetes and significant depressive symptoms (Beck Depression Inventory scores ≥ 14) were recruited from community-based, university-based, and Veterans Affairs health care systems.

A manualized telephone CBT program was delivered weekly by nurses for 12 weeks, followed by 9 monthly booster sessions. Sessions initially focused exclusively on patients' depression management and then added a pedometer-based walking program.

Mindfulness for Type 2 Diabetes Delivers Prolonged Reduction in Psychosocial Distress | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 22 October 2012

Researchers from the University of Heidelberg in Germany examined the long term impact of a mindfulness based intervention (MBSR) on patients with type 2 diabetes over 5 years, as compared with treatment as usual.  Psychosocial distress (depression, stress), progression of nephropathy and subjective health status were measured. This article presents data up to the first year of follow-up.

Patients with type 2 diabetes and micro-albuminuria were randomized to a mindfulness-based intervention (n = 53) or a treatment-as-usual control condition (n = 57).

Interactive Guided Imagery Shows Promise for Reducing Obesity & Hypercortisolism | Print |  E-mail
Sunday, 02 August 2009

Researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles conducted a 4-week pilot study to determine whether Interactive Guided Imagery could be effective for stress reduction (and therefore reduce the metabolic disease risk associated with obesity and hypercortisolism) in overweight Latino adolescents.

Brief Yoga Program Benefits Cholesterol, Triglicerides | Print |  E-mail
Sunday, 01 February 2009

Researchers from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi examined the short-term impact of a brief yoga intervention on some of the biochemical risk indicators for cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus.

Ninety-eight subjects (67 male, 31 female), ages 20-74, with hypertension, coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus, and a variety of other illnesses, participated in a lifestyle training program that consisted of yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), relaxation techniques, group support, individualized advice, lectures and films on the philosophy of yoga and the place of yoga in daily life, meditation, stress management, nutrition, and knowledge about their disease.

Hypoglycemic effect of sitting breathing meditation exercise on type 2 diabetes. | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 June 2008

Two Meditation Sessions Reduce Postprandial Glucose in People with Diabetes

Fifty-five subjects with Type 2 Diabetes derive significant benefit (glucose, blood pressure) from 2 sessions of simple sitting-breathing meditation.

Researchers from the Division of Preventive and Social Medicine at Pranangklao General Hospital in Nonthaburi, Thailand evaluated the hypoglycemic effect of a Sitting-Breathing Meditation protocol ("Somporn Kantaradusdi-Triamchaisri Technique 1" or "SKT1") on Type 2 diabetic patients.

Effects of occupational stress on immunological function, glucose and blood lipid of female workers | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 16 January 2006

A study out of Xinjiang Medical University in China shows that occupational stress increases blood sugar in a group of female oil field workers, but not cholesterol.

Researchers from the Department of Occupational Health at Xinjiang Medical University in China studied the effects of occupational stress on immunological function, glucose, and blood lipid levels of female workers.

Occupational role, personal strain, and personal abilities were assessed in 900 female workers working in an oil-field setting (the observation group) and in 220 female workers in other occupational settings (controls).

Biofeedback-assisted relaxation in type 2 diabetes. | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 02 January 2006

Once again a pilot study shows that self-regulation techniques - this time biofeedback and relaxation - are effective at reducing blood glucose levels and HbA1c in people with Type 2 Diabetes.

Researchers at the Department of Psychiatry, Medical University of Ohio in Toledo conducted randomized, controlled clinical trials to determine the effects of biofeedback and relaxation on blood glucose and HbA1c (A1C) in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Current Mind-body interventions for vascular complications of diabetes. | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 20 December 2004

Reviewers from the University of Virginia conclude that thermal biofeedback can improve peripheral circulation, pain, neuropathy, ulcer healing, ambulatory activity, and quality of life in people with diabetes mellitus with impaired blood flow to the limbs.

Researchers from The Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies at The University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville reviewed studies of thermal biofeedback as an intervention designed to help people with diabetes mellitus with the impaired peripheral blood flow that often occurs with this condition, causing complications, lower-extremity pain, reduced functional status, and impaired quality of life.

Guided imagery helps elderly patients to remember to take their medications. | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 28 June 2004
A new study from the National Institute on Aging finds that guided imagery helps elderly patients to remember to take their medicine. Researchers Linda Liu, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan, and Denise Park, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois found that older adults who spent a few minutes imagining and picturing how they would test their blood sugar were 50 percent more likely to actually do these tests on a regular basis than those who used other memory techniques requiring far more conscious effort.

Thirty-one non-diabetic elderly volunteers were taught to do home blood glucose tests. The participants, ages 60 to 81, were randomly assigned to one of three groups and told to monitor their blood sugar levels four specific times daily. They were not allowed to use timers, alarms or other devices.
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