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VIDEO: Adopting a positive attitude can ease diabetes self-care

SAN DIEGO — In this video exclusive, Endocrine Today Diabetes in Real Life columnist Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, speaks with clinical psychologist Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDE, about her presentation on cognitive behavioral therapy and incorporating a spiritual approach to diabetes care.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been effective in helping people with diabetes address depression, anxiety, anger and other emotional issues. Dr. Bev, as she is known, adds a spiritual approach to CBT, which requires not a belief in God, but a positive attitude. Although people with diabetes cannot change the disease, they can change their thoughts and actions, Adler said. Diabetes educators can encourage their clients to develop and maintain a positive attitude and, just as important, adopt a positive attitude themselves.

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