According to Stats Canada, in 2016, 7.0% of Canadians aged 12 and older (roughly 2.1 million people) reported being diagnosed with diabetes.
Are you a part of the 7%? If yes, you probably already know that healthy eating and physical activity are key lifestyle factors in managing diabetes, but did you know that chiropractic care can help you manage your diabetes too?
How Does Chiropractic Help Diabetes?
Your spine is responsible for supplying nerve signals to the brain and the vital organs. If spinal misalignments are present, these nerve signals are often interrupted.
If there are interruptions, your pancreas, blood sugar, and digestion will likely be effected. Oftentimes, a poorly functioning pancreas will result in a lack of important enzymes. Enzymes, that usually help with vital roles such as digestion and insulin production. When there are issues with your blood sugar and digestion, diabetes will often result.
Chiropractic care works by finding and correcting spinal misalignments. When spinal misalignments are corrected, communication between your nervous system and vital organs is restored. This helps to ensure that your organs function efficiently and effectively, and are able to perform their individual roles.
It has been said, that chiropractic care can be particularly helpful to diabetics if problems in the spine affect blood flow to the pancreas.
What the Research is Saying
Research is now illustrating the positive effects of chiropractic care when paired with good eating habits and regular exercise. One study in particular (published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research) demonstrated the benefits of chiropractic when used as part of an integrative treatment for adult onset diabetes.
According to the findings, after one month on the program, the patient’s glucose blood and urine levels normalized and remained stable. The medical doctor that monitored the process, said the patient would not need insulin if the condition remained stable.
If you or someone you know suffers from diabetes, consider making an appointment with one of our chiropractors to have your spine checked. Chiropractic adjustments could become an integral part of your diabetes action plan.