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Diabetes and its Connection to Chiropractic Care


Because diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States, it is important to study all areas surrounding treatment and prevention of this growing epidemic. Did you know that roughly 1 out of 3 men and 1 out of 5 women born in the year 2000 may suffer from diabetes during their lifetime?

The possibility for chiropractic care to help those with diabetes is now widely accepted, as research points to evidence that chiropractic care can make valuable contributions in helping those diagnosed with diabetes.

This may seem strange to some. How could chiropractic care help diabetes? Well, your body is vastly and intimately connected. I’ll explain. If the nerve supply in your upper neck or middle back are disturbed, the ability to produce enzymes that digest proteins, fats and carbohydrates, or maybe insulin production, may also be disturbed. This is because the nerve supply in your upper neck and middle back are directly related to the function of your pancreas, offering it nerve supply. Therefore, if your nerve supply is altered, the function of your pancreas may be altered as well. The result of this may be a disturbance in your blood sugar or digestion thus diabetes or hypoglycemia may occur.

A study done by the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research showed that when in when chiropractic care was used as treatment for adult onset diabetes along with nutritional and exercise guidance, the patient’s glucose and blood urine levels normalized and remained stabilized after just one month of treatment.

Additionally, recent studies show that type II diabetes may also be linked to central nervous system function. That being said, a primary concern of chiropractic care is maintaining and restoring the central nervous system function. To do this, chiropractors correct spinal misalignments that interfere with your nerves ability to work meaning that the if you have a spinal misalignment, your pancreas could be affected (as well as any other part of your nervous system). Therefore, if diabetes is attributed to nervous system function, chiropractic care would be highly beneficial.

While it is not proven that chiropractic care can reverse diabetes, seeing your local chiropractor in congruence with blood sugar monitoring and insulin administration may help you maintain stability and potentially slow the progress of your diabetes. As type II diabetes has links to obesity, chiropractors can also help patients with diet, nutrition, and exercise guidance along with normal joint functionality and spinal alignment.

Your chiropractor wants you to be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself. Stop in today and find out how you and your chiropractor can begin your journey.


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