Is massage therapy helpful for diabetics (in my case, type 2)? Why or why not?
Massage can be helpful for people with diabetes, just as it can be helpful for people without diabetes. That being said, people with diabetes need to be aware that massage can affect blood glucose levels in unpredictable ways. This is particularly important to know if you are taking insulin. For some people with diabetes, massage can lower blood glucose, while for others it may do nothing or cause the blood glucose to go up. It is hard for us to predict how any one person is going to respond to massage. For this reason, we recommend checking blood glucose before and after massage therapy, particularly if you are on medicines that can lower blood glucose.