Diabetes Forecast

Be Kind to Yourself for Better Blood Glucose Control

By Miriam E. Tucker ,


Managing diabetes can be a huge burden. You might feel guilty or blame yourself when your numbers are out of range. But it turns out that being kind and compassionate with yourself might improve your blood glucose control. Researchers taught “mindful self-compassion” techniques to 32 people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes for eight weeks. Another 31 just received usual diabetes care. The group that practiced self-compassion scored lower for depression and diabetes-related distress, and their A1C levels (a measure of blood glucose control over time) dropped by an average of nearly 1 percentage point. Self-soothing might reduce stress hormones that can raise blood glucose, researchers say. So next time your diabetes throws you a curveball, remember to be kind to yourself.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online June 22, 2016 

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