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World Diabetes Day 2018

14 November 2018 is World Diabetes Day.  This is a globally-celebrated event which increases awareness about diabetes.  The theme for 2018 is The Family and Diabetes.  Designed to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes can have on the family, it also promotes the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.

November 14th is a significant date in the diabetes calendar because it marks the birth of the man who co-discovered insulin, Frederick Banting.  Banting discovered insulin in 1922, alongside Charles Best.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.  There are 2 main types of diabetes:

  • type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin;
  • type 2 diabetes– where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.

Many more people have blood sugar levels above the normal range, but not high enough to be diagnosed as having diabetes. This is sometimes known as pre-diabetes. If your blood sugar level is above the normal range, your risk of developing full-blown diabetes is increased.

It’s very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated.

How can hypnosis help?

Lifestyle plays a huge part in the development of Type 2 diabetes.  Risk factors include being over-weight, having an unhealthy diet and being physically inactive.  People diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes may become depressed, anxious, angry and withdrawn.

Hypnosis can help you to take control of the stress and anxiety of such a diagnosis and help you to make better lifestyle choices, such as exercising more, making healthy food choices, reducing your sugar and alcohol intake, losing weight.  It can help you to take control of your emotional responses, so you feel more positive and optimistic.

You can take back control, perhaps even to the extent that you can reduce your medication (with medical supervision).

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