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Diabetes Mind Games?
February 2, 2009
Doctors have long known that thoughts and beliefs can have an impact on actual physical outcomes. This is one reason most research studies give a placebo (inactive pill or preparation) to study participants who don’t receive the drug or treatment being tested — simply knowing that they might be receiving treatment tends to improve patients’ conditions. And in the realm of diabetes, it is well established that mental stress and anxiety can have an impact on blood glucose control.
But can expectations about your blood glucose level actually have an impact on it? One Diabetes Flashpoints reader wondered about this and sent us an e-mail. Here is what Rosie P., who is 72 years old and has Type 2 diabetes, wrote:
What do you think? Could Rosie’s expectations of low or high blood sugar levels actually cause the opposite to occur? Or should she look for another explanation for her readings? Have you noticed anything like this? Leave a comment below!
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