You might have read the recent news story about diabetes and the effects on the NHS? The cost of diabetes-related prescriptions has risen to £1 billion a year and it’s estimated that 1 in every 20 prescriptions written by GPs is linked to the condition. Most of these are for type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes is often linked to lifestyle factors and it’s possible to prevent it.
In this blog post, I’m going to talk about the health effects of diabetes and give a bit of insight into how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help people with diabetes to lose weight and improve their lifestyle to make it easier to manage the symptoms. And if you don’t have diabetes right now, losing weight and changing your lifestyle can help to cut your risk factor in the future.
The impact of diabetes on the NHS
Prescriptions costs are put at £1 billion per year but experts suggest that the real cost of diabetes care is much higher once complications and equipment to monitor blood sugar levels are taken into account. The real figure may be much closer to £10 billion!
High blood sugar levels can be very bad news for your health and unsurprisingly, untreated or unmanaged diabetes can lead to some pretty serious health complications.
These include vision problems, nerve damage (which can potentially lead to amputations), kidney problems, dental problems and even heart attack and stroke.
There are also other complications that can occur around blood sugar levels (if they’re too high or too low) and ketones.
Diabetes and weight loss
Being overweight is one of the big risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. Studies have suggested abdominal fat in particular can encourage the body to produce chemicals that affect insulin response.
For people who already have type 2 diabetes, maintaining a healthy weight is really important for keeping blood sugar levels under control.
Hypnotherapy and weight loss
If you’ve tried diets in the past and been unsuccessful, it’s probably linked to an unhealthy relationship with food. Emotional eating can be a big part of this. Eating because you’re stressed, low, bored, tired or angry is a common reason for snacking when you’re not actually hungry. It’s also one of the main reasons why dieting ultimately fails.
Hypnotherapy can address issues such as emotional eating that are at the root of your eating habits so you can change behaviours linked to them. For diabetes, this can steer you away from food choices that stop you from losing weight or that hinder your ability to manage your diabetes.
Hypnotherapy can help to change your relationship with food so that your eating habits aren’t tied to your emotions. This makes it a lot easier to keep weight off in the future too after initial weight loss.
Gastric band hypnotherapy can also help with weight loss. It uses a combination of hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to mimic the effects of having an gastric band - but minus the actual surgery! Alongside weight management tools, it can be a great way to lose weight and keep it off in the future.
How else can hypnotherapy help with diabetes?
Another way that hypnotherapy can help if you have diabetes involves motivation to exercise. Exercise is involved in lowering blood sugar levels and is really important for managing type 2 diabetes. A sedentary lifestyle can also increase your risk factor for developing it in the first place.
Knowing this is one thing but using it as motivation can be another thing entirely. Hypnotherapy can alter patterns of behaviour so that you’re more inclined to exercise. Hypnotic suggestions and imagery can plant the seed in your mind that you want to exercise, rather than it feeling like something you’re obliged to do.
Ready to take the next step in losing weight or gaining motivation to exercise? Whether you already type 2 diabetes or you’re wanting to reduce your risk factor in the future, hypnotherapy can help. Contact me today to get started!