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Mindfulness-based stress reduction is associated with improved glycemic control in type 2 diabetes

 

 

 

 

Altern Ther Health Med. 2007 Sep-Oct;13(5):36-8.

 

Mindfulness-based stress reduction is associated with improved glycemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus: a pilot study.

 

Rosenzweig S, Reibel DK, Greeson JM, Edman JS, Jasser SA, McMearty KD, Goldstein BJ. Department of Emergency Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

 

 

CONTEXT: Psychological distress is linked with impaired glycemic control among diabetics.

 

OBJECTIVE: Estimate changes in glycemic control, weight, blood pressure, and stress-related psychological symptoms in patients with type 2 diabetes participating in a standard Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program.

 

DESIGN: Prospective, observational study.

 

SETTING: Academic health center.

 

PATIENTS: Adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

 

INTERVENTIONS: Participation in MBSR program for heterogeneous patient population. Diet and exercise regimens held constant.

 

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Glycosylated hemoglobin A1c (HA1c), blood pressure, body weight, and Symptom Checklist 90-Revised (anxiety, depression, somatization, and general psychological distress scores).

 

RESULTS: Eleven of 14 patients completed the intervention. At 1 month follow-up, HA1c was reduced by 0.48% (P = .03), and mean arterial pressure was reduced by 6 mmHg (P = .009). Body weight did not change. A decrease in measures of depression, anxiety, and general psychological distress was observed.

 

 

PMID: 17900040 [PubMed - in process]

 

 

 

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