Mindfulness and meditation for diabetes management

July 28, 2014

wildmind meditation newsDavid Mendosa, Mendosa.com: Last night my thoughts returned again and again to a missing package. The sender had written me that my order had been delivered, but I hadn’t received it. I tried and tried to suppress that thought and to get back to sleep. Finally, meditation helped.

This was for me a painful example of what psychologists call “thought suppression.” Like many people, I have experienced thought suppression lots of times. But I don’t remember having read about this concept before starting to prepare this article, which reviews a new study of how meditation and mindfulness can help people with diabetes and …

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Mindful eating helps with lowering weight and reducing blood sugar

November 12, 2012

Eating mindfully is just as effective as adhering to nutrition-based guidelines in reducing weight and blood sugar levels in adults with Type 2 diabetes, a new study at Ohio State University suggests.

In a comparison study of the effectiveness of the two types of behavioral interventions, participants lost about the same amount of weight – an average of between 3 1/2 and 6 pounds – and lowered their long-term blood sugar levels significantly after three months.

One treatment group followed an established diabetes self-management education program, with a strong emphasis on nutrition information. The other group was trained in mindful meditation and a mindful approach to food selection and eating. Both interventions, involving weekly group … Read more »

Mindfulness meditation: a new way to help diabetics?

Research is showing a certain type of meditation may help people suffering from diabetes. This stress reduction works in many different ways and provides calming strategies as well as ways to discipline the mind.

“There is little research on this process when it comes to this treatment of diabetes,” Joseph B. Nelson, MA, LP, CST, told Ivanhoe. He defines mindfulness as “intentional awareness of each moment; non judgmental; internal and external awareness.” Nelson stresses mindfulness is not about relaxing; rather, it is about becoming fully awake and aware. In addition, Nelson said, “Mindfulness is not meditation; it’s a way to live.”

Nelson believes through mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), people with diabetes will be able to … Read more »