Additional Diabetes Information:
Diabetes is a worldwide problem that has affected over 3 million individuals in the United States alone and the rate is on the rise. Ironically, diabetes is no longer a disease of middle-aged obese and sedentary professionals since large number of adolescents and children are falling prey to this chronic metabolic issue.
Although many theories have been discussed but the primary pathology is the autoimmune destruction of insulin- secreting pancreatic cells that progressively decrease insulin production leading to abnormally high blood sugar levels. Type II Diabetes mellitus is caused by a state of insulin resistance caused by persistently raised blood sugar levels.
The latest research indicates that abnormal immune functioning is the leading cause of the activation of the immune mediated destruction of pancreatic cells. Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus is more frequently reported in children and according to a recent UK report, the incidence in the number of reported cases of insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM or Type I diabetes) in children has increased 5 fold in the past 20 years.
Different skeletal issues like the subluxation of spinal vertebrae serve as a source of constant strain on the body that disrupts the natural balance among endocrinological, immunological and skeletal systems.
Extensive research conducted on healthy and diabetic subjects indicated that abnormal body posture, musculoskeletal issues and persistent pain is a leading cause of stress and strain that stimulates the body to release inflammatory mediators in the blood. The musculoskeletal, nervous and immunological systems are all connected. This is especially true for spine because it acts as rely station for nerves and optimal brain activity is needed to coordinate immunological, digestive and hormonal responses by the body.
Spinal manipulation to correct collapsed intervertebral discs helps in improving the nerve functioning by relieving the pressure and stimulating healing. Besides removing a potential source of inflammatory mediators and stress hormones that increase blood sugar levels by cortisol like action, other benefits of chiropractic adjustments are a healthy and functional immune system is helpful in the prevention of diseases and infections, while at the same time also boosting immune functioning. It can also lower the risk of allergic reactions to potential allergens, improve the functioning of organs and chronic health issues, and stimulate the production of white blood cells that fight infectious and inflammation causing agents or microorganisms. Similarly, another research report suggests that 6 month chiropractic treatment can increase the CD4 count in HIV patients by almost 44%.
Researchers have also identified that besides Type 1, chiropractic manipulation can also manage blood sugar levels in Type II Diabetics. The nervous (or autonomic) supply to the pancreas is delivered by spinal nerves that exit from the vertebral foramina. Any disease process involving the vertebrae can directly interfere with the spinal nerves and spinal nuclei along the spinal region. It is therefore important to employ a holistic method of treatment for the management of hormonal or immune related issues to prevent further damage to delicate spinal structures.
There has been a lot of research done on chiropractic manipulation induced health advantages. A recent report published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health gave statistical evidence of the management of blood sugar levels by chiropractic manipulation. According to the report, a 4 year-old child developed significant diabetes with persistently high blood sugar levels and was also diagnosed with spinal subluxation. Due to extremely young age, her parents opted for chiropractic therapy (and she underwent almost 24 sessions in a period of 2 months. After the therapy session ended, her doctors were stunned as the not only the spinal subluxation has improved but also the blood sugar levels. During and post-therapy, her Hemoglobin A1C was 6.5 (on 11 units of insulin) as opposed to 7.2 before therapy (on 15 units of insulin).
Chiropractic therapy is effective in children as well as elderly for the long term management of diabetes and to enhance immune functioning of the body to strengthen inherent immune defense mechanisms. Speak to your therapist for a variety of techniques available to manage systemic, neural, hormonal or immunological issues.