Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death every year in Australia, and the numbers of those being diagnosed with the condition are increasing every year. Most concerning, is the number of type II diabetes patients who are diagnosed on an annual basis, a statistic which reflects the general lifestyle and dietary decisions made by Australian families on a day-to-day basis.
Type I diabetes, or insulin dependent diabetes, occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin. Without it, the body’s cells cannot turn sugars into energy and hence uses its own fats as a substitute. If not treated with daily doses of insulin injections, the condition can become life-threatening when toxic chemicals produced from the body cannot be controlled. Type I diabetes commonly occurs in those under 30, but can present itself at any time. Only around 10-15 per cent of cases are diabetes are type I.
On the other hand, Type II diabetes is the most common form affecting 85-90 per cent of Australia’s population. While usually adults are affected by the disease, a concerning number of children are being diagnosed. Unlike with Type I diabetes, the body still produces insulin, however it does not create enough to be effective and hence does not work properly. Type II diabetes results as a combination of genetic and environmental factors; triggered by high blood pressure, being overweight or obese, insufficient physical activity and poor diet. In this case, diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle are usually sufficient to manage the condition.
Symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst, passing more urine, feeling tired and lethargic, increased hunger, slow healing, blurred vision, unexplained weight loss, mood swings, headaches, dizziness and cramping.
Research over the last 10-15 years has suggested that regular chiropractic care can be effective in contributing to an overall program of wellness and care to diabetes sufferers.
Coupled with a change in diet and exercise regimens, chiropractors saw an improvement in patients’ blood glucose and urine glucose levels on the road to stabilisation. While medical doctors acknowledge the results to some extent, they are still slow to recommend such treatments in the management of this and other health conditions.
While chiropractors don’t claim to cure diabetes, their holistic approach to wellbeing is widely acknowledged to be effective in establishing great health practices over a lifetime. Furthermore, chiropractic adjustments help the body to realign and hence improve the functioning of all the organs and systems that are associated with the spine and nervous system.
If you’ve been experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetes or are concerned with changing your lifestyle choices, have a talk to any of our skilled chiropractors at your next visit. Not only can they help you manage the disease and symptoms, but they can also help to build the foundations of a healthy lifestyle that you can take through life.