The impact of music in the treatment of different diseases has been studied and applied for a long time, especially in the case of chronic diseases such as cancer. In this post, we will tell you about some findings of the use of music in people with diabetes.
The use of Music to cure diseases
The area that the brain uses to remember music is one that tends to deteriorate later when the body is affected by a serious illness. It is also known that music positively affects the state of mind helping to cope with situations of tension and restlessness. Hence, music as a resource is used very frequently to induce healing processes or as a complement to complex pharmacological treatments.
There is much research available on linking disease healing processes. Of these, the most used are associated with the use of rhythms and melodies already known to patients. However, there are also studies that are aimed at exploring which tonalities and melodies, not necessarily commercial, produce which effects on patients, in order to understand and apply such treatment more efficiently.
Music as a palliative treatment in people with diabetes
We have already said that people with diabetes benefit from physical activity, as it helps them maintain the delicate balance between the production and consumption of sugar by the body. However, the response to exercise varies according to the age of the person, with the group of older adults being the most resistant to adopting a daily exercise routine.
In these cases, music can also be a positive aspect for the acquisition of new habits and make them sustainable over time. The latter is especially suitable when older people reduce their general mobility and their willingness to adhere to a diet and exercise regimen.
With the help of music, older people with diabetes can ensure that they exercise in the way that is right for them.
There are studies that have combined the application of music and exercises in the lower extremities to people with diabetes of advanced age. Using exercises in the lower extremities fulfills the dual purpose of promoting blood supply to the lower limbs, reducing the risk of suffering from any complication derived from the advance of the disease.
What is the best combination of music and exercises?
In the case of older people, there are some points that can be known in advance, they require special attention. For example, strengthening the quadriceps and ankles will be vital to reducing the risk of falling, which, in older people, can have important consequences for the risk of fractures.
As we said before, we are going to associate these exercises with melodies. To gain acceptance in front of the people involved in the activity, it is important to offer them musical rhythms related to their tastes. It is something that we can ask them or, in some way, inquire through our means, exploring different musical genres such as classical, nationalist instrumental, contemporary, waltzes, religious and relaxing.
The important thing is that the final selection of the music is made taking into account the tastes of those who will be its users since it is this music that will be combined with the chosen exercises. After all, what we want to achieve is that people with diabetes learn to do their exercises better, right?
A study conducted with older adults concluded that “The musical effect on exercise tolerance is probably attributable to affecting the excitability of the sympathetic nerve, decreasing heart rate and respiration, and ultimately influencing the nervous and muscular systems of the child. patient, further enhancing awareness and engagement with activities. ‘ So hopefully music will also help you cope with other diabetes problems like depression.
Is there any other use of music for people with diabetes?
Apparently, music not only helps to strengthen good exercise practices, but it can also delay the onset of complications derived from high blood sugar levels and diabetes itself. For example, the effects that exercise has on improving tissue ischemia, insulin sensitivity, and blood sugar regulation are recognized, which also translates into improved circulation in the lower extremities, especially the circulation of the feet.
The combination of music, color, and art can translate into benefits for many people. In case you are interested, we tell you about some other therapies that include music to treat patients with diabetes. We detail some of them below so that you can get to know them better.
Art therapy is a very useful therapy, especially in children with diabetes. There are many problems associated with diabetes that result from the medical treatments and protocols that they must undergo, and they are rarely seen as necessary therapeutic attention. For example, many children fear needles, procedures, and medical enclosures, and few receive proper treatment. However, children who undergo art therapy can even show significant improvements in their HbA1c.
More benefits of music for diabetes
We have already spoken here about music therapy and we have mentioned the improvements evidenced in patients in terms of the control of their sugar levels. However, in 2013 a study was carried out that showed how music therapy could also help control systolic pressure in patients who, in addition to diabetes, also had hypertension.
There are reasons that make this possible and you should know about them:
- Listening to music relaxes the blood vessels. A music identified by the listener as pleasant, distends the blood vessels, while a melody that induces the sensation of anxiety, contracts them by up to 6%.
- Music impacts our immune system. Several studies have addressed the variations in immunoglobulin A, which is an antibody with a recognized mitigating action for bacteria in the body. Other interesting biological variations that have been recorded have to do with the reduction in cortisol levels (a hormone that accompanies stress processes), and the increase in oxytocin (the hormone responsible for feelings of happiness.
- Bear in mind that music affects our mental balance. It is responsible in much that you are animated, clamoring, concentrated and, it can even help you handle situations of physical pain. Of course, it is much about looking for the music that best suits each need and with which there is empathy at all times.
- Accompanied by music, the muscles and nerves of our body tend to function better. In the presence of music, for example, Parkinson’s patients may perform better when walking, even though Parkinson’s is a chronic and often paralyzing nervous condition.
- Music helps reduce anxiety. There is evidence that music calmed people before and after surgery, while driving, or after a cancer diagnosis.
More and better music!
Whether you write, walk, exercise, or seek to improve concentration, music can be excellent company. Once you get the benefit of associating music to your routine, you will also be able to show how it can help others to feel an improvement in theirs. When you want to move better, maintain your balance, concentrate and think better or relax more, music can help, as well as diabetes control.