Every year, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. It’s the seventh leading cause of death in our country and nearly 10% of our population has some form of the disease. Diabetes involves high blood sugar levels that can result in medical emergencies as well as long-term problems. The function of kidneys, eyes, nerves, and feet are the most commonly affected by diabetes, while individuals can also suffer from skin problems, digestive issues, teeth and gum concerns, sexual problems, and an increased risk of heart disease, bone disorders, and joint problems.
The most common treatment for diabetes includes monitoring nutrition and exercising, as well as utilizing insulin injections or other diabetes medication, if necessary. Unfortunately, since there is no guaranteed cure for diabetes, many individuals deal with the disease for their entire lives. This costs them a great deal of money, pain and discomfort, and a poor quality of life.
Chiropractic Care Provides Groundbreaking Improvements for Diabetes
The pancreas is what creates the hormone insulin, which is vital in converting glucose from foods into energy for your body. When your pancreas doesn’t create insulin at all, doesn’t make enough, or doesn’t utilize the insulin well, the result is diabetes. Since the key to preventing or resolving diabetes lies in the pancreas, it only makes sense to look at chiropractic as a viable option for care.
The nerves that affect the pancreas run through your T7, or your seventh thoracic vertebra. If an individual has a subluxation, or spinal misalignment, in or around this vertebra, the function of the pancreas is undoubtedly affected. A chiropractor in Charlotte can gently adjust your thoracic vertebrae and any other areas of concern, leading to proper communication between the brain and body, eliminating nerve interference, and restoring function to any problems areas.
Research Proves Chiropractic Improves the Lives of Diabetics
A case report published in 2011 showed a significant decrease in hemoglobin A1C levels of a 4-year-old girl who was dealing with insulin-dependent Type 1 diabetes. In another study, a 46-year-old diabetic was suffering from chronic neck and shoulder pain in addition to her diabetes. A combination of chiropractic adjustments and at-home rehabilitation exercises were utilized, and the individual saw significant improvement in her conditions.
As mentioned previously, many complications can result from living with diabetes for an extended period of time. One such complication is called diabetic polyneuropathy, which is a type of nerve damage that occurs from diabetes. One case study explored the care of an 80-year-old male who was suffering from diabetes, low back pain, burning pain in his lower extremities, and poor balance. After 4 months of chiropractic adjustments, the individual saw a dramatic improvement in his symptoms, and the chiropractic overseeing his care reported clinical improvement in his nerve functions.
Whether you or someone you love is suffering from prediabetes, Type 1 diabetes, or Type 2 diabetes, Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor can help.
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