What if this new year everyone agreed to stop being sick and tired—to take meaningful steps to dramatically reduce chronic disease in themselves and their loved ones? While the path may not be simple, it is clear that many would find a new lease on life.
Diabetes is one of the chronic diseases which plagues the United States. Its rise in recent years has been called “alarming” and “terrifying” by the medical profession and the media.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, are among the most common, costly, and preventable health problems.
Yet as a society, we treat diabetes almost as a necessary evil: something which we dislike but accept. The need for insulin is treated almost as a mere inconvenience, and doesn’t seem to deter all diabetics from continuing unhealthy lifestyles. Yet true health can’t be achieved by drinking a Mountain Dew and then shooting up some insulin to prevent a diabetic coma from high blood sugar.
We need to realize the seriousness of this disease and take action. “Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations other than those caused by injury, and new cases of blindness among adults.” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011)
There are splendid examples of diabetics who have gained control of their disease, proving that conscious choices to lead a healthier life.
Chiropractic care can be one of the choices that contribute to a diabetic’s wellness protocol. You might not understand how a well-adjusted spine can help with blood sugar. However, remember that the trillions of strands of nerves throughout the body stem from the spine.
A good example of how the nervous system affects the body is to compare it to electricity in a house. When the flow of the current is interrupted, at the very least there are problems, at the worst the house catches fire.
In a similar way when the nerves are subluxated, pancreatic function is disrupted and the normal production of natural insulin is disrupted.
A case study of a diabetic four-year-old showed results with two months of chiropractic care (published November 2011, Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health.) The child presented with a subluxation in the upper cervical vertebrae. With 24 chiropractic adjustments, her blood sugar stabilized and her insulin usage decreased from 15 units to 11.