Type 2 diabetes or adult-onset diabetes is on the rise in the USA at an alarming rate. It is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes glucose, better known as sugar. Your body may not produce enough insulin or it may resist the effects of insulin, but either way the result is unstable glucose levels, which can be serious enough to be life-threatening. Type 2 diabetes is most commonly diagnosed using a blood test that measures your blood sugar levels over a couple month span.
Type 2 diabetes may develop slowly, over a number of years. The symptoms you should look for are: slow healing sores, frequent infections, increased hunger or thirst, weight loss, frequent urination, fatigue, areas of darkened skin and/or blurred vision. There is no definitive cause of Type 2 diabetes, but there is a correlation in overweight and underactive individuals, especially those who store fat only in their abdomen. Spinal nerve interference or a spinal injury may be other contributing factors for developing type 2 diabetes. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek help from a health professional you trust.
While many people feel fine in the early stages of type 2 diabetes, the disease may still be causing damage in your body if left untreated. Some of the potential complications from type 2 diabetes include: Alzheimers disease, eye damage, foot damage, heart disease, hearing problems, kidney damage, nerve damage, osteoporosis, and skin and mouth conditions. People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will need to monitor their blood sugar levels on a regular basis. You will also need to make lifestyle changes that help regulate your blood sugar such as a healthy eating plan, a regular exercise regime, a stress reduction plan, and possibly medication or insulin therapy.
Many people are seeking alternative health care choices to manage their type 2 diabetes. Chiropractic care is certainly worth looking into. Chiropractic health care is based on the principle that a good working nervous system is vital to the general well-being and function of the human body. The nerve supply to the digestive organs may be compromised by stress in the thoracic spine. Spinal adjustments can do wonders for treatment of diabetes when stress is a major factor.
In a study published in “The Chiropractic Research Journal” in 2000, researchers found that the reduction of upper-cervical subluxations by spinal adjustments resulted in a stabilization of plasma glucose levels during a three-hour fasting period. This is very encouraging, and further studies are needed to find out the benefits of chiropractic adjustments on type 2 diabetes. In the meantime, seeing a chiropractor along with managing your blood sugar levels through diet, exercise and regular testing may be a great way to manage your type 2 diabetes before resorting to medications.
Author: Michelle Caron