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Diabetes is an increasingly prevalent disease associated with life-threatening complications. It requires regular monitoring by health professionals and a lifetime of self-care. Key management includes healthy diet, regular exercise and frequent medicines. Living with diabetes can be stressful; thus managing physical and mental stress is important. Prolonged stress leads to hyperglycaemia and an inflammatory response that has adverse effects on tissues and organs and hormones, all of which affect function, quality of life and life expectancy.
People with diabetes frequently use complementary therapies to help them cope with their diabetes. For example, to manage blood glucose levels, diabetes complications and their effects such as pain and to promote good health. The evidence base for complementary therapies is increasing and can be used to support care options but the risks and benefits for the individual need to be considered.
The special issue will focus on some complementary therapy strategies that can add value to conventional diabetes management, ways to safely integrate evidence-based complementary and conventional diabetes care strategies. It will take an holistic, whole of life approach to diabetes care that encompasses palliative and end of life care.
Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to:
- Brief overview of diabetes and conventional treatment.
- Integrative diabetes care, which will encompass safety.
- Managing stress.
- CAM and diabetes complications, including information about palliative and end of life care.
- Stress response