A hypnotherapeutic approach to the improvement of compliance in adolescent diabetics

Am J Clin Hypn. 1990 Jan;32(3):154-9. doi: 10.1080/00029157.1990.10402819.


Adolescents with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) have a rate of noncompliance in our clinic of approximately 20% despite all of the usual measures aimed at securing compliance. Seven IDDM patients ranging in age from 11 to 19 years were managed in our clinic with all of our usual modalities, but all remained in long-term poor control during the 6 months immediately prior to the study. To ensure that each patient would serve as his/her own control, no changes were made in his/her management other than the addition of hypnosis. Six of the seven patients were followed for more than 6 months. No changes were made in insulin, diet, or exercise as prescribed. Posttreatment, the average HgbA1C dropped from 13.2% to 9.7%, and the average fasting blood sugar from 426 mg/dl to 149 mg/dl, values which are consistent with good compliance.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Child
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / therapy*
  • Female
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A / analysis
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis / methods*
  • Male
  • Patient Compliance*


  • Blood Glucose
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A