Chiropractic Care for Prevention or Management of Diabetes

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Diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the US, affects around 10% of the population in some form or another, meaning that 1.5 million Americans having been diagnosed this disease.  There are two forms of diabetes, both crippling in their own way.  Type 1 diabetes is caused from lack of insulin, as the body is unable to create it naturally, whereas Type 2 diabetes occurs because the body responds incorrectly to insulin.  Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are rooted in the function, or rather lack of proper function, of the pancreas, which is responsible for producing insulin and maintaining blood sugar levels.  Insulin is necessary because it is what absorbs the glucose in food and converts it to energy for our bodies to use.  If the pancreas isn’t working properly and insulin isn’t being produced in correct amounts, blood sugar levels can skyrocket and cause severe health problems, such as kidney, eye, feet, or nerve problems. Some of these issues become long-term problems that can even reduce life expectancy by 10 to 20 years.  Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce and sometimes even completely eradicate the symptoms of diabetes, leading to a better quality of life.  In one case study of an 80-year-old male with diabetic polyneuropathy, significant nerve damage caused by diabetes, four months of chiropractic care drastically improved nerve function and decreased both back pain and lower extremity pain. 

Chiropractic Can Help!

Chiropractic focuses specifically on removing nerve interference between the central nervous system, composed of the brain and spinal cord, and the rest of the body’s systems, including the pancreas.  Misalignments of the spine can interrupt brain-to-body communication, leading to improper function.  The T7, or seventh thoracic vertebra, controls the nerves that run through the pancreas.  Chiropractic adjustments from a Bentonville chiropractor will remove misalignments and restore nerve function, increasing pancreatic function.  Medication and insulin are effective ways to control diabetes, but they don’t solve the problem long-term. Chiropractic care can alleviate the root cause of diabetes, even allowing some to stop taking medication or insulin.  In fact, both children and adults alike have seen the benefits of chiropractic care in managing diabetic symptoms.  Both a 4-year-old girl with Type 1 diabetes and a 46-year-old woman with diabetes and chronic neck and shoulder pain saw significant improvements after being under chiropractic care.

Improve Overall Health with Chiropractic Care

Certain forms of diabetes, namely Type 2 diabetes, are caused by health concerns such as lack of physical activity or increased weight gain.  Eating healthy and exercising are great starts to getting rid of Type 2 diabetes, and the efforts put forth can be aided and maximized by chiropractic care.  Removing spinal misalignments that affect every part of the body will increase overall health and wellness.  Body systems, including the metabolic system and the digestive system, will perform at optimal levels under the care of Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela, thus helping with weight loss that could alleviate Type 2 diabetes altogether.  If you or someone you love is suffering from diabetes, contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to learn more about how chiropractic can significantly reduce or even eradicate symptoms of diabetes.



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Sudano, N., Robinson-Leblanc, D. “Improved A1C Levels in a Patient with Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes Undergoing Chiropractic Care: A Case Report.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health, 2011; 4: 120-124.

Valli, J. “Chiropractic Management of a 46-Year-Old Type 1 Diabetic Patient with Upper Crossed Syndrome and Adhesive Capsulitis.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2004 Fall; 3(4): 138-144.