Chiropractic and Diabetes

Dr. Kuethe
By Dr. Kuethe Latest Reply 2011-10-19 11:30:00 -0500
Started 2011-10-19 11:30:00 -0500

I think to get through all of the things that I want to talk about, I need to break this up into at least three parts. In part I, I’ll talk a little about what Type I diabetes is. In part II, I will delve into how diabetes has affected me and my lifestyle. In part III, I will discuss the numerous benefits of chiropractic care to those with diabetes.

I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes about 19 years ago. The road has not always been easy, for me or my family. Unfortunately/fortunately, my dad and grandpa both had type I diabetes. I am, in part, writing this to educate others on preventing some complicating factors that they have experienced. But we will get into all of that in a future post.

Type I diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to process glucose because the body destroys the beta cells of the pancreas. The beta cells of the pancreas produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that transports glucose from the blood across the cell membrane into the cell. The cell can then utilize glucose to provide energy to the body.

Type I diabetes is often referred to as juvenile onset diabetes because it often afflicts people younger than 15 years old, although it can happen at any age. According to the CDC, Type 1 accounts for 5% of the cases of diabetes in the U.S. Type I is thought to be caused by: an auto-immune disorder, genetic predisposition, environmental factors, or a combination of the three.
According to the CDC, the following are symptoms of Type I Diabetes: Increased Thirst and Urination, Constant Hunger, Weight Loss, Blurred Vision, Extreme Fatigue, and if untreated, a condition known as Ketoacidosis can develop and cause an individual to slip into a diabetic coma.

Because the body no longer produces insulin, a common treatment is the insulin injection. These are usually recommended in a short acting form and a long acting form to mimic the body’s natural insulin production. Paired with insulin injections are a diet and exercise program to monitor carbohydrate intake and maintain a proper weight. Blood glucose monitoring is a way to effectively know what your blood sugar is at any one moment while Hemoglobin A1C is a way to monitor your average blood sugar level over a period of 3-4 months. Yearly eye exams are recommended to check for diabetic retinopathy.

I feel that all of the treatment plans should be paired with chiropractic care. Diabetic neuropathy is a major complication of diabetes, and chiropractors are uniquely qualified to improve the function of the nervous system through the removal of the subluxation complex. Not only is this a preventative measure for diabetic neuropathy, but a chiropractic adjustment allows the body to communicate better with itself, which boosts the immune system and prevents sickness and dis-ease.

I implore everyone with diabetes to see a chiropractor and start on the road to a higher functioning and healthier individual. Get Adjusted and Be Well!

Part II can be read:

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