Type II Diabetes & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Type II Diabetes & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Type II Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar, or glucose, the human body’s main source of fuel. As the most common form of diabetes, approximately 95% of diabetic Americans are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and many more are at high risk and completely unaware. Type II Diabetes is related to lifestyle choices and creates a problem in the way your body produces or utilizes insulin.

 Appropriate lifestyle modification, to include diet and exercise combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, will put Type 2 diabetes into remission and eliminate the need for medication in most cases. Since Type II Diabetes generally begins with insulin resistance, people who are overweight or inactive are more susceptible and likely to develop the condition. When you are living with Type 2 Diabetes, your fat cells, liver, muscle cells, among other necessary anatomical aspects, are not responding to insulin appropriately. Your body requires insulin to move blood sugar into cells and if it’s not effectively functioning, blood sugar does not get in the cells to be accessed as energy. Not allowing the sugar to enter blood cells increases the levels of sugar in the blood, leading to hyperglycemia. Over time, the body’s improper use of insulin, the hormone produced in the pancreas to absorb glucose from the blood in order to convert it to energy, leads to nerve damage and other life threatening conditions. Type 2 Diabetes, if not managed properly, will definitely lead to more life-threatening complications to include but not limited to: heart disease, strokes, kidney disease, blindness, dental disease, amputations, etc.

 Type II Diabetes can be reversed with weight loss and increased activity but in order to prevent its return, behavior modification is imperative. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, combined with an appropriate daily food plan designed for a diabetic, is designed to identify negative thoughts and actions, replace them with more realistic and constructive actions, and raise awareness towards proper future lifestyle choices. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy requires you to examine your thoughts, and in this case, your Type II Diabetes. What are the negative thoughts and ideas running through your head? Are you asking yourself questions like, “Why is this happening to me?” or “why can’t I…?” or anything else that would only hurt your self-esteem? Challenge any and all negative thoughts about you and your Type 2 Diabetes. Does this way of thinking help you in any manner, or is it even productive? Educate yourself and learn how to modify destructive thought patterns. Learn how to react positively with modified behavioral patterns through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and reverse your Type II Diabetes.

 YOU HAVE THE POWER TO BE HEALTHY!! You are at the center of your behavioral change process and you must be amiable, as well as internally motivated, to change. Every person is an individual entity and deserves personalized attention; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides goal-setting techniques, motivational support, problem solving and coping skills training, self-monitoring, and combined with a physical activity/diet program individualized to each person, produces amazing results and increased improvement to the extent of reversing your Diabetes.

 Your improved health and complete personal restoration, emotionally and physically, is essential for quality living. Your health matters and it is in your hands. Think Smart for health and change your behavior to change your life. 

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