Stress Reduction to Treat Diabetes

According to research appearing in the January, 2002 issue of Diabetes Care, stress management can help to lower blood sugar levels in type II (adult onset) diabetics. The HbA1c test measures the average blood sugar levels over a period of time. Stress reduction techniques like breathing exercises, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation and instruction on how to cope with stress lowered HbA1c levels by an average of 0.5%. Nearly 1/3 of the subjects had a reduction of 1%.

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