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.
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.