199 diabetic patients aged 30 to 85 years were split into three groups for a study on the effects of musical relaxation and imagery provided via CD; music therapy with a qualified music therapist and a control.
Blood pressure, glycosylated hemoglobin (A1c), BMI, trait anxiety, stress anxiety and stress were measured.
The only major improvement was found in systolic blood pressure of patients in the music therapy group and the CD group from before to after each session, which led to music therapy being recommended for diabetes patients with hypertension.
Studies on creative arts therapies and play group therapies for children with diabetes in the UK concluded that they were of significant importance. Through the therapies, young people were given age-appropriate opportunities to learn about their illness and express emotions such as anxiety, fear and anger through creative skits and other outlets.