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Blood testing plays an important role in the ability of diabetics to manage their glucose levels, which is important for avoiding health complications. However, this is not the only consideration when it comes to living with diabetes. The condition can cause a person to feel as though they have little control over their life, which sometimes leads to depression.
A new study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine indicates that alternative therapies and counseling can help diabetics overcome these problems.
The findings indicated that individuals who received this type of treatment ate better, exercised more, had healthier moods, maintained normal HbA1c levels and felt more in control of their lives, compared to diabetics who only received standard care.
Results from the study may come as welcome news to diabetics and physicians who treat these individuals. The American Diabetes Association reports that diabetics have higher rates of depression than those in the general public, largely as a result of the mental strain caused by caring for themselves. This can interfere with their ability and desire to manage glucose levels.
However, alternative therapies may help alleviate many of these concerns, making easier for diabetics to manage their condition.
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