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Stress Management Improves Long-Term Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes

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he few studies that have shown a therapeutic effect of stress management have used time-intensive individual therapy.Unfortunately, widespread use of such interventions is not practical. The aim of the present investigation is to determine whether a cost-effective, group-based stress management training program can improve glucose metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes and to determine whether a particular subset of patients is more likely to get positive results.

It is widely recognized that stress may have negative effects on health and that patients with type 2 diabetes may be at increased risk. The experience of stress is associated with the release of counterregulatory hormones and energy mobilization, often resulting in elevated glucose levels (1,2). In addition, stress can disrupt diabetes control indirectly through effects on diet, exercise, and other self-care behaviors. Several studies have demonstrated a relationship of stress to glycemic control in samples of patients with type 2 diabetes (3,4). Stress can be managed through the use of behavioral stress management programs or through the administration of anxiolytic medications. Both types of interventions have been reported to improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes


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