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The Connection Between Chiropractic and Diabetes


Diabetes is a serious condition that nearly one out of every three men, and two out of five women born in the new millennium will suffer from at some point in their life. The disease is essentially an imbalance in blood sugar, due to either pancreatic dysfunction or trouble in the cells handling insulin. Diabetes is the fifth biggest killer in the United States, and is rising to epidemic levels. Many people suffering from diabetes use a mix of medication, diet management, and exercise to protect themselves from further damage to the body. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious complications including death.

Recent research has pointed out the connection between chiropractic and the treatment of diabetes. Chiropractic care is focused around the nervous system, which affects all of the body’s organs, including the pancreas. If there is nerve blockage within the spine, that could be causing increased nerve pressure. Through adjustments, vertebrae are realigned, relieving any pressure on the nerves. This will restore blood flow, bringing oxygen and vital nutrients throughout the body.

A study recently published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research showed the efficacy of chiropractic when added to the treatment plans of those with adult onset diabetes. The clinical study involved a patient suffering from this disorder with the research team prescribing them a combination of nutritional and exercise guidance along with regular chiropractic care. After one month, the patient’s blood glucose levels normalized and remained stable. If these results were to continue, the patient may no longer need insulin injections.

This study correlates with another clinical trial wherein a young child with diabetes responded well to chiropractic treatment. After finding a spinal subluxation, she received 24 chiropractic adjustments over the course of two months. During this time, her blood sugar levels stabilized and her need for insulin injections decreased. Both of these cases illustrated how those with pancreatic dysfunction or other nervous system issues can potentially benefit from chiropractic care. With diabetes being such a widespread issue, it is hoped that more and more patients will talk to their physicians about adding chiropractic care to their wellness plans.

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