Psychotherapy Perspectives

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Diabetes + Dementia = Psychotherapy!

New studies presented at the six day Alzheimer Conference in Madrid yesterday indicate that Type 2 diabetes may increase chances of the onset of dementia. Type 2 diabetes is a type of diabetes that often affects obese adults and the elderly late in life. The studies indicate that that the number of people designated with diabetes have twice the rate of dementia or Alzheimer’s then a group of people of the same sex and age with normal blood sugar. One study of borderline diabetics indicated that 70% of the study is more likely to develop Alzheimer’s then those with normal blood sugar. If you want more information browse www. for the research and also for more information on the research.

The flip side of this news is that if a person is a borderline diabetic, diet and lifestyle can not only prevent diabetes but perhaps help lessen the chances of Alzheimer’s disease.
This is a major challenge because diabetes type 2 is a ‘lifestyle disease” and it is common knowledge how people do not like to radically change their lifestyle. However exercise and proper dieting can prevent diabetes type 2 and lessen the chances of Alzheimer’s and or dementia.

Psychotherapy can play a part in helping the ‘borderline diabetic” stay on a path of a lifestyle that promotes a good balanced diet and exercise. It is known that psychotherapy can help people suffering from depression. Any major life style shift can lead to situational depression and it is important that families obtain support for each other and a psychotherapist to help the family making this shift. When one person makes a change, this affects the entire family, i.e., spouse, adult children and even extended family. Changing lifestyles including exercise and diet may mean changing 40-60 years of non helpful old habits. Old habits “die hard’ and the family must be understanding of the natural resistance to change Providing family, couple and individual therapy can aid in this process since families want their “dad or mom” to have a quality life. Psychotherapy can aid in this transition from “bad habits” to a quality life.

What do you think?


  • As a diabetes educator & social worker, I believe that the psychosocial piece is often left out in helping people manage their diabetes. Thanks for including this important topic on your blog!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 2:38 PM  

  • Psychotherapy has various health benefits to the body.

    By Anonymous lorna vanderhaeghe, At 5:43 AM  

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