What exactly is diabetes and how do people get it?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s inability to produce enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose (sugar) in the body. These high levels of blood sugar can (over time) lead to kidney disease, heart disease, blindness and hardening of the arteries. There are basically 4 types of diabetes – Type 1, Type 2, Prediabetes and Gestational. Let’s examine these now:
- Type 1 Diabetes – In this form, the pancreas produces little or no insulin causing the patient to rely on lifelong, insulin therapy.
- Type 2 Diabetes – About 90% of patients with diabetes have TYpe 2 Diabetes, In this form, your body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or doesn’t produce enough insulin for a healthy glucose (sugar) level.
- Prediabetes – Most all Type 2 patients began with Prediabetes. Prediabetes is potentially reversible with early treatment, diet and exercise.
- Gestational – This form of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and results when the body does not produce enough insulin. Oftentimes, gestational diabetes goes away after the pregnancy ends, but these patients are susceptible to Type 2 Diabetes later on in life.
What does high blood sugar have to do with chiropractic care?
Since the pancreas is responsible for producing the insulin in the body (and the pancreas is supplied by the upper neck and middle back), regular chiropractic care keeps the blood flow and nerve supply from the spine healthy and unobstructed. An unhealthy pancreas results in the lack of enzymes needed to produce the insulin and promote healthy digestion. When both blood sugar levels and digestion are not working properly, two major health risks can arise: diabetes and hypoglycemia. In this disease, chiropractic care can serve as an additional treatment option to your physician’s prescribed treatment plan.
How can I manage my diabetes?
Basically, diet, exercise and regular chiropractic care! Our chiropractors will help you build a healthier lifestyle with assistance in diet, exercise programs and regular chiropractic adjustments.
Call now to learn how chiropractic care can help you manage this disease!