The Connection Between Your Spine And Your Blood Sugar

An important area of research in chiropractic care is how to help people with diabetes using chiropractic strategies. For those born in the year 2000, it is projected that two out of every five women and one out of every three men will develop diabetes at some point in their lives.

There is a growing body of research indicating that people who are diagnosed with diabetes will benefit from a wellness protocol that includes chiropractic care. Help is desperately needed since diabetes is a growing into a worldwide epidemic and is currently the fifth deadliest disease in the United States.

Most people will not recognise how chiropractic care and diabetes are connected. What does blood sugar have to do with the back? The explanation often makes immediate sense to electricians. Areas or appliances within a building don’t function normally and might even become fire risks if you interfere with the flow of current through the wires.

Connection Between The Spine And Blood Sugar

Likewise with diabetes, when the nerves running from the middle back or upper neck (which includes the nerves running to the pancreas) are interrupted, then the function of the pancreas suffers. There might be problems with insulin production or the pancreas may not be able to produce enough enzymes to digest the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that power our bodies. When digestion or blood sugar levels become unbalanced, the result is either hypoglycemia or diabetes.

A blood sugar / nerve / spine connection is turning up in research studies.

The positive effects of chiropractic care were illustrated in a study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. When adult onset diabetes was diagnosed by a medical doctor, combining medical treatment with chiropractic care seems to work. In addition, patients were also given guidance in exercising and good nutritional eating habits.

Urine and blood levels returned to normal and remained stable after just one month of being involved with the program. If the medical condition remains stable, in these cases, patients will not require insulin, said the medical doctor monitoring progress.

In the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health, the November 2011 edition reported a recent case study that chiropractic care was used to stabilize the blood sugar levels of a four year old child. In the upper cervical region, a spinal subluxation was diagnosed in that patient. Over a two month period, she was seen 24 times by a chiropractor. Her Hemoglobin A1C decreased to 6.5% from 7.2% during this two month long period. In addition, her intake of insulin decreased to 11 units each day to 15 units.

According to the majority of available literature, A1C levels are rarely lowered under 7.0% by intensive medical treatment of Type 1 diabetes, making these results rather remarkable. The goal of chiropractic care is to change the body’s neural connections in order to optimize them. When the connection between the body and the brain is enhanced, hormone functions as well as immunity are better able to coordinate activities within the body.


Trevor Campbell is a Sheffield Chiropractor and runs a successful chiropractic practice along with his partner Sarah and 2 further staff. Trevor regularly writes for medical journals and publications both in the UK and the US.

Diabetes: Driving Restrictions

Just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t drive a motorcycle or car.

As long as your diabetes is controlled well and that your doctor has stated you’re able to safely drive, there’s no reason that you will have to surrender your license.

However, you might have to tell your car insurance company as well as the Drivers and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) that you are a diabetic if it’s not well controlled or if you have certain types of diabetes.

You will need to stay up to date with the most recent DVLA regulations relating to diabetes and any changes that they may make regarding driving with the condition.

Who Will I Have To Inform?

Regardless of how your diabetes is being treated, you will have to declare your condition to your insurance company and if you are taking insulin, you will also have to inform the DVLA.

Additionally, if any complications have developed over time you will be required to report these particularly if they have had any effect on your driving.

If you don’t inform the insurance company or DVLA of your condition, your license and insurance may become invalid.

Adding to this, if you are ever requested to produce your documents by the police and have not declared that you are a diabetes sufferer then you could find yourself in more trouble!

If you’re being treated by tablets or diet you do not have to report this. However, should your doctor switch you over to insulin therapy you must report this to the drivers licensing division as well as to your insurance company immediately.

If you’re treated by diet you’re okay, you don’t have to report this. If you’re on a non insulin injectable such as Byetta or Victoza (unless these are combined with tablets) you won’t be required to report it either.

Tablets can carry a risk of hypoglycemia so you must keep this in mind.

You can find out more on the DVLA website or

How To Manage Your Diabetes Diet

It is well-known that in order to manage your type 2 diabetes symptoms effectively it is essential to eat a healthy diet. Although there is no such thing as a cure-all diet that works perfectly for everybody, it is important to make good dietary choices in order to keep your blood sugar level within a range that is safe.

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Learn all about how proteins, vegetables, fruits, carbohydrates, starches, nuts, fats, sugars and other kinds of foods and nutrients can hurt or help your hyperglycemia (high blood sugar).

Low-Sugar Diet

When a diabetic has hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), glucose levels can be raised by consuming a spoonful of honey or sugar. However, sugar is frequently considered to be the enemy of diabetes due to how fast it can potentially spike a diabetic’s blood glucose levels.

If you’re a diabetic, you should monitor your sugar intake very closely- particularly refined sugar as well as other types of simple carbohydrates. You should also eat a well-balanced diet that includes low-fat foods.

Low-Fat Diet

Foods high in trans fat, cholesterol, saturated fats and sodium can increase your risk for stroke and heart disease. However, it isn’t necessary to avoid fats altogether. Foods that can help to reduce cholesterol levels include ones that are rich in healthy fats- polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat.

Instead of meat try replacing it with acid-rich omega-3 cold-water fatty fish like herring, mackerel and salmon. Good sources of the nutrient also include nuts, avocado and olive oil.

No Red Meat

Foods to Avoid;

High-fat dairy products such as;

  • Cheese
  • Processed foods
  • Bacon
  • Red meat

Vegetables and Fruits

Balancing sugars, fats and carbohydrates is critical for a diabetes-friendly diet. Although refined and processed carbs are not good for you, dietary fiber (good carbohydrates) and whole grains are very beneficial. Whole grains are full of beneficial minerals and vitamins as well as fiber. Dietary fiber assists with helping you feel satisfied after you eat and also helps digestive health.

Foods to Eat;

  • Peas and beans
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Fresh low-sugar fruits (cherries, grapefruit, cantaloupes, pears, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries)

Foods to Avoid;

High-sugar fruits such as;

  • Oranges
  • Grapes
  • Apricots
  • Raisins
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon.