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Q: Are there any chiropractic benefits for diabetes?

Posted November 13, 2013 in Advice Column, Greene County

A: Chiropractic care helping people with diabetes is an up and coming, and very important, area of research. Roughly one out of three men and two out of five women born in 2000 will suffer from diabetes in their lifetime. The life expectancy of men diagnosed with diabetes at age 40, is shorted by 11 to 13 years. For women the figures are even more disturbing: 12 to 17 years. Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States, so help is desperately needed.

The average person may not recognize how diabetes and chiropractic are connected. What does the back have to do with blood sugar? If the nerve supply from the upper neck or middle back (the two areas that supply the pancreas) are disturbed, pancreatic function suffers. Blood sugar becomes unbalanced, resulting in either diabetes or hypoglycemia.

A recent study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research noted positive results when chiropractic was used in the care of patients with diabetes. The chiropractic care was directed toward correcting misalignments in the spine, called vertebral subluxations, which affect the relationship between the nervous system and organs. The patients also received dietary and exercise guidance.

After one month of being on the program, the patient’s glucose levels had normalized. Their medical doctors said the patients would not need insulin if the condition remained stable.

Information provided by Jefferson Family Chiropractic, 216 N. Wilson Ave., 515-386-3747.

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