Diabetes Management and Chiropractic Care



Chiropractic care has the potential to not only improve musculoskeletal health outcomes, but it can also play a role in mediating the effects of various different diseases and medical conditions. One of these conditions is diabetes and fortunately, the experiences that diabetic patients have had with chiropractic care have been overall pretty positive.

The insulin level when a diabetic patient is not eating, needs to be regulated just as much as when the patient is eating or has eaten recently. When the insulin level is high, no matter whether the patient has eaten recently or the patient is fasting, then the receptors for insulin are increasingly sensitive. This leads to a sort of positive feedback system where the insulin levels continue to increase. One way of cycling insulin through the blood and making sure that the insulin levels are regulated is to increase blood flow overall via chiropractic care. So many different components of the circulatory system are lined throughout the spine and neck, and if blood flow is impinged in diabetic patients there is a sort of pooling of insulin in the blood, which can prove to be dangerous.

Chiropractic care can also play a role in maintaining ideal body weight for diabetic patients, which is crucial for the management of their condition. Diabetes and the functioning of the circulatory system are directly related and so many patients have reported better circulatory functioning after a chiropractic adjustment. Better circulatory functioning can lead to an increased ability for the patient to manage his or her weight as they have more frequent nutrient absorption and thus better blood sugar regulation. 

The understanding of chiropractic care’s role in diabetes management is still being studied but in the initial stages of observation alone, we are seeing positive developments in diabetic patients. Proper musculoskeletal health can increase the functioning and smoothen the processes throughout the body in all kinds of patients, but diabetic patients may see an added value in chiropractic care.

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