Diabetes is a serious condition significantly shortening the lives of many throughout the world. The life expectancy of 40 year old men with diabetes is shortened by an average of 11-13 years. Women with diabetes have their life expectancy cut by 12-17 years.
Not only is the disease shortening lives, it also negatively impacts quality of life. Unfortunately its rates are skyrocketing each year. In the last 20 years, Type 2 Diabetes has increased 10-fold (1000%). (Int’l Journal of Obesity) YIKES!
Does Chiropractic Help with Diabetes?
The average person probably wouldn’t recognize the connection between diabetes and chiropractic. It seems like the back and controlling blood sugar would have little to do with each other. However, the spine houses the central nervous system, so by taking pressure off the spinal cord and allowing for maximum nerve flow (i.e. communication between the brain and the body), the organs function better.
Chiropractic can improve a patient’s ability to handle sugar or help one taking medications to improve the quality of life.
The upper neck and middle back are two areas of the spine where the exiting nerves supply the pancreas. Disruption to these areas means that pancreatic function is impaired. The pancreas produces enzymes to digest proteins, fats, and carbohydrates as well as insulin. When these are disturbed, blood sugar and digestion become unbalanced. This can result in hypoglycemia or diabetes.
Research is finding that chiropractic adjustments can valuably contribute to a healthy lifestyle to help diabetes sufferers.
The December 7, 2006 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research highlights a case study where the glucose blood and urine levels of a patient with early onset diabetes returned to normal after a short course of chiropractic care. Other chiropractic journals such as Chiropractic Technique and the Chiropractic Research Journal have shown that diabetic patients improve while under chiropractic care.
Dr. Sara Hillesheim is a chiropractor in Minnetonka MN near Wayzata MN. At Relief Plus Chiropractic, we are here to help create a heather community for you to thrive in. To see how you can benefit from chiropractic and for your FREE consultation please call our office at 952-681-2863.