Effect of auditory guided imagery on glucose levels and on glycemic control in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus

Renana Gelernter, Gila Lavi, Livia Yanai, Ronit Brooks, Yakira Bar, Zvi Bistrizer, Marianna Rachmiel

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Abstract

Background: To assess the effect of auditory guided imagery (AGI) on glucose levels, glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), and quality of life (QOL) in type 1 diabetes mellitus children. Methods: A blinded randomized controlled study comparing the effect of AGI accompanied by background music and background music solely (BMS). The study included 13 children, (7-16 years). The participants were connected to continuous glucose monitoring system for 5 days (short phase), and the outcome measure was the change in mean interstitial glucose concentration (IGC). Participants listened to the recording twice a week for 12 weeks (long phase), and the outcome measures were changes in QOL and in HbA1c. Results: Mean IGC decreased in both AGI and BMS groups while listening. HbA1c decreased in both groups, but the decrease in the AGI group was significant. Conclusion: Listening to AGI is a potential approach for improving glycemic control and glucose levels in youth with T1DM, but further research is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-144
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016

Keywords

  • glycemic control
  • guided imagery (GI)
  • psychosocial
  • quality of life (QOL)
  • type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM)

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