In the United States, approximately 100 million people are suffering from a condition known as diabetes; nine out of ten are not aware that they have the illness. Some fall into the category of pre-diabetics, while the confirmed cases amount to 9% of the total population. This translates to one in three adults suffering from a disease that can lead to further complications in the body. These complications include heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, amputations, hypertension, hypoglycemia and many others. The disease is not limited to adults; children and young adolescents are severely affected as well. This disease costs Americans over $116 billion annually and over $300 billion worldwide.
What is diabetes and what are its symptoms?
Diabetes directly affects your blood sugar levels. This metabolic disease prevents a person’s blood glucose level from stabilizing normally after consuming food and drink. Either they produce insufficient amounts of insulin or the body does not respond to insulin at all. Because of this, diabetics usually have several symptoms including intense hunger, thirst and frequent urination.
This disease is usually long term and can be categorized as Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. It is common for children to fall into the category of Type 1 diabetes as their bodies stop the production of insulin. Doctors also call this kind of diabetes juvenile, insulin-dependent, or early-onset. These patients are largely dependent on the lifelong use of injections for their condition.
While 10% of diabetics have Type 1, 90% have Type 2 diabetes. This is where their bodies produce too little insulin and they usually need the assistance of medicine to stabilize their blood sugar. Some Type 2 diabetics are able to do without medication, and as such, their lifestyle practices involve reducing their weight with frequent exercise and managing their blood sugar levels with a proper diet. Pregnant women are also at risk of developing what is known as gestational diabetes. Consequently, they have a 60% higher chance of developing Type 2 diabetes within 20 years.
Causes of diabetes
The more weight you carry, the higher your chances of becoming diabetic. Visceral fat—which forms around your organs and is largely unseen—is a major a problem; people who have large amounts, especially on their belly or at the central torso area are at a higher risk for developing diabetes, and because the fat is hidden, you may not even see it coming! A woman who looks like she’s a size 4 could have developed visceral fat around her organs and may be extremely unhealthy without knowing it. The body having to contend with fat causes the release of chemicals that negatively destabilize your cardiovascular and metabolic functions.
African Americans are high on the list of those who are predisposed to diabetes; following them are Hispanics, Native Americans, Hawaiians and Asian Americans. As such, diabetes is considered the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. For those between the ages of 20 and 74, diabetes is the number one cause of blindness and the reason for 60% of lower-limb amputations.
Diabetes diagnosis and treatment
Tests are used to diagnose diabetes; however, they are not always accurate, and there have been many cases of people who were misdiagnosed. Symptoms of diabetes may look similar to symptoms of other ailments, and doctors who are in a hurry to prescribe medications will assume diabetes is the cause of the symptoms a patient is experiencing, even if that’s not the case.
Dr. Holly reminds us that as we get older, we stand a greater chance of developing this disease, and as such, it is important to incorporate a healthy and balanced diet plus regular exercise into our daily practices. People with Type 1 diabetes use insulin to control the symptoms and incorporate exercise and a strict diabetic diet. Type 2 diabetics may use oral medications, like pills such as Metformin, to reduce elevated blood sugar. They are also required to follow an exercise regimen and a strict diabetic diet. This diet is nutritious and balanced, low in simple sugars, fat and cholesterol.
How can chiropractic care help with diabetes?
Many patients are progressively turning to doctors like Dr. Holly to receive chiropractic care for diabetes. More and more, we are realizing that alternative treatments can successfully lessen and eradicate the symptoms of diseases like diabetes, without requiring toxic pharmaceutical medications that carry with them a long list of side effects! They have removed themselves from the belief that diabetes, though life threatening, must be lived with. Not so, says Dr. Holly! She has worked with numerous diabetes chiropractic care clients who are singing her praises after experiencing relief from their diabetes. Dr. Holly’s adjustments work to realign the spine, relieving pressure on the nerves, which lead to the pancreas from their upper neck and middle back. When those nerves are compressed, they don’t function as well, causing the pancreas, which produces insulin, to malfunction. In addition to routine chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Holly helps diabetic patients by prescribing a comprehensive care plan that includes a healthy, nutrient-rich diet, regular exercise and meditation, and detoxification – all of which work together to reduce fat, balance hormones and eliminate the environmental factors that can lead to diabetes.
If you’re diabetic and would like to learn more about how chiropractic care can help, call us at 980.422.2000 to book an in-person consultation with Dr. Holly. Your first visit includes an initial exam and X-rays, and if you mention that you found us online, we’ll give you a special rate!
Your initial consultation is very important. Dr. Holly will perform an evaluation to determine what abnormalities exist within your spine and nervous system. (It is important to note that diabetes patients should not stop taking their diabetes medications during these assessments, treatments and visits, unless told to do so by their primary care physician, or until Dr. Holly says it’s okay.)
If you’re not ready to see us in person, we are still here to help! Request a FREE 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Holly to learn more about what our special type of holistic healthcare can do for you. We are enthusiastic about providing the best chiropractic care in the queen city and can’t wait to help you get off of your diabetes medications!