Specific Counseling for People with Diabetes May Be Needed

Helping therapy and counseling clients with addiction, emotional eating, and other concerns that may be related to obesity is pert of the natural course of work for many practicing professionals, but understanding precisely how to help clients facing these issues may not always be especially easy. In particular clients with type-two diabetes, a health concern typically associated with obesity and poor lifestyle habits, may pose a challenge to therapists and counselors, as understanding how to help such clients stick to medical treatment while adopting new choices and perspectives can be a complex task. But recently, a study performed at Waseda University in Japan found that clients with this medical issue have significantly less impulse control than those without type-two diabetes, signaling a potential need for targeted therapies.

The research involved a study group comprised of individuals diagnosed with type-two diabetes, as well as a control group consisting of participants with no trace of the disease. Both groups were given the task of responding to correct or incorrect visual stimuli on a monitor by pressing, or refraining from pressing, a corresponding button. The study found that those in the study group produced far lower results than those in the control group, suggesting that type-two diabetes may be strongly associated with diminished impulse control.

As this disadvantage may lead to unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits and contribute to clients’ difficulty sticking to commitments, therapists and counselors may soon be on the lookout for ways to help counter the apparent neurological effect of type-two diabetes. With the right kind and amount of support, people facing this physical health concern that often involves a difficult mental and emotional experience may find that conquering this type of diabetes can have a major place within the counselor or therapist’s office.

© Copyright 2010 by By John Smith, therapist in Bellingham, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • clara R.

    clara R.

    February 19th, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    if there has been proof of such dissimilarities, then there should be no stopping in going ahead with specialized counseling as it will better cater to the needs of such people and will eventually allow them to recover faster.

  • PH


    February 20th, 2010 at 3:28 AM

    If a particular group’s needs are different from the rest of us, then it is necessary that they are catered with services tailored to match and meet their needs. The common methods will not be very benefcial to such people and there should be no lapse in providing themj with custom services as it is about helping and saving the lives of as many people as possible.

  • Rae


    February 20th, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Every disease comes with its own set of specific concerns and worries. If there are differences in what people need to heal then by all means I hope there are counselors out there who can help address those in a better way than someone who just concentrates on the generalities instead of the specifics.

  • Joellen


    February 21st, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Anything that can help with the suffering is worth a try.

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