Case Study: Diabetes Type II, Hypertension, and Depression

A 55-year-old gentleman entered The Center for Chronic Disorders on November 5, 1997 for a 21-day course of treatment for hypertension, Type II diabetes (non-insulin dependent) and depression. On admission to the program, he was taking medication for control of all three disorders. Following is a brief synopsis with respect to each disorder:

a. Hypertension: Prior to starting medication in 1995, his blood pressure had been elevated (170/106). A few months prior to starting the Chronic Disorders Program (CDP), he had attempted to come off the medication on his own, but his blood pressure became elevated within one week (160/90) and the medication had to be resumed. On entering the CDP his blood pressure on medication was normal; however, he was experiencing side-effects from the medication, including depression and fatigue. After beginning the CDP his blood pressure medicine was stopped, but his blood pressure remained normal. On completing the 21-day program he was placed on a home regimen which included some of the treatments used during the CDP. Five months following the CDP, his blood pressure continued to be normal (average 121/79) without medication.

b. Diabetes Type II: On admission his blood sugars were poorly controlled, with daily fasting blood sugars averaging 212 during the month prior to his entry into the program (the ideal value for a diabetic is less than 120). During the 21-day CDP, his diabetes medicine was tapered to about one-half the admission dose. Despite this decrease in medicine, his fasting blood sugars dropped to an average of 118.7 over the final 12 days of treatment, a drop of 93 points from admission. His weight decreased from 147 on admission to 144 at discharge. Five months following the CDP, his hemoglobin A1C (a test of long-range blood sugar control) was 7.4 (excellent control), compared to 8.4 just prior to admission. His medication dose remained half the pre-admission dose.

c. Depression: His mood brightened considerably during the first week of treatment; he stopped the antidepressant medicine of his own volition mid-way through the program. Five months later, he continued off antidepressant medication without any depression or anxiety symptoms.


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