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Expert: hypnosis may help diabetes

BRISTOL - Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Vermont, and many diabetics have found help with keeping to their self-care plan through hypnosis.

Diabetes has been named by the Vermont Department of Health as a serious state-wide public health problem, with seven percent of the Vermont adult population already diagnosed with disease and approximately 130,000 adult Vermonters with pre-diabetes. Significant complications of diabetes include lower limb amputations, blindness, kidney disease and failure, heart disease, stroke and dental infections.

The good news is that diabetes in controllable and prevention. April is Defeat Diabetes Month, time to take steps to promote wellness and prevention programs through all health care modalities.

A grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce the burden of diabetes in Vermont calls for "coordination of efforts within the state and to promote wellness and physical activity for persons with diabetes and at high risk."

Central to these efforts is weight control and avoiding eating those foods that trigger insulin production.

Hypnosis can help with both and scientific studies have shown for many years that hypnosis is an especially effective means of weight control. Clients can also learn to control their own blood sugar levels. Instilling on-going and consistent motivation and compliance are similarly areas of great success through hypnosis.

"There are many benefits to weight control and self-care with hypnosis, for example it has no side effects other than the relaxation produced by the session," said Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Dr. Kerry K. Skiffington.

"Hypnosis is a natural brain state and everyone with an average intelligence and the right method of hypnosis can be hypnotized. In fact, everyone who has an imagination or who has daydreamed has been in hypnosis, and when you go to a hypnotherapist like me you are guided to a deeper internal state where the suggestions are much more powerful and longer lasting," Skiffington said.

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