One of the foremost world experts on the connection between stress and diabetes is Richard R. Surwit, PhD. He is vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences and chief of the division of medical psychology at Duke University Medical Centre. He is an internationally known researcher in diabetes and his work has been funded by the American Diabetes Association, among others. He is the author of more than one hundred studies on diabetes, metabolism, and stress.
Dr.Surwit's book, The Mind-Body Diabetes Revolution (2004) is based on 20 years of medical research. In it he describes how stress, depression and anger affect blood sugar. He includes controlled scientific studies and compelling case studies. The book details a six-week, step-by-step health program that previously was only available at Duke University Medical Centre. Dr. Surwit explores how thoughts and beliefs influence our emotions and moods. He provides simple tests that can help people find out whether their state of mind is negatively affecting their diabetes, and if so, what to do about it.
Jay S. Skyler, M.D., (Past President of the American Diabetes Association, Director of the Division of Endocrinology/Diabetes/Metabolism, University of Miami) says:
"Psychological factors, such as stress, depression and hostility are considered as detrimental to the progression of diabetes as a poor diet. Dr. Surwit has studied and fine-tuned psychological techniques that help people with diabetes overcome stress and other mental problems that aggravate their condition The results have been dramatic. In some cases, patients have had improvement in diabetic complications. In others, they were able to get their blood glucose under control when all else had failed. It's a very simple yet powerful addition to your diabetes treatment plan."
Another resource is "Psyching Out Diabetes: A Positive Approach to Your Negative Emotions", Richard R. Rubin, PhD, John Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Rubin provides a tool-kit that attacks the demons of perfectionism, shame and blame that too often block people with diabetes from the quality of life they deserve.
These techniques have me make dramatic changes in my own life, and I would be delighted to teach them to you. If you'd like support, training and coaching to reduce your blood sugar levels, get in touch. I offer affordable group and individual programs.