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Chiropractic and the Treatment of Diabetes
Written by Carly Sharec   

Relatively recent research conducted on a diabetic patient in 2006 has indicated that chiropractic treatment combined with a nutritional and exercise program can indeed help negate the effects of adult on-set diabetes, better known as Type II Diabetes.

In a study on how vertebral subluxations play a role in a person’s overall health, Charles Blum, DC, the author of the paper, explained that while it is “unclear how much impact chiropractic care might have on the primary or secondary care of patients with diabetes,” the study found that the patient in question, who combined spinal adjustments with proper nutrition and exercise, had stable glucose levels merely one month into the program.

Treating DiabetesThe article, ‘Normalization Of Blood & Urine Following Reduction Of Vertebral Subluxations In A Patient Diagnosed With Early Onset Diabetes Mellitus: A Case Study’ was published in the December 7, 2006 edition of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, which is affiliated with the World Chiropractic Alliance. The study follows a 48-year-old man who had recently been diagnosed by his doctor with an on-set of adult diabetes. After having his condition monitored, it was determined that the patient’s glucose levels were stable enough that he would not need insulin at the time. Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in America.

While Blum was careful in noting that chiropractic care shouldn’t be considered as a sole treatment to diabetes and that further research is needed, he did state that chiropractic could offer a significant contribution to alleviating the symptoms of diabetes, as well as positively contributing to the quality of life of diabetes patients. The theory is that, as chiropractic care treats the spine, which is the gateway between the nervous system and the internal organs, correcting the subluxations assists in mediating blood sugar and glucose. Blum also theorizes that there is most likely a relationship between the nervous system and pancreatic function.

The study is still not used as conclusive proof that chiropractic can truly affect the outcome of a diabetic patient, and patients are advised to be wary of a chiropractor that claims he or she can ‘cure’ diabetes.

As more and more people are diagnosed with diabetes in their adulthood, this could be a breakthrough in treatment options available to patients. “While it is much too soon to say that chiropractic can treat or prevent diabetes,” Blum goes on to write, “what does seem reasonable at this point is to assume that chiropractic can help with the secondary syndromes associated with diabetes such as vascular, neurological and stress – all of which play important factors in a patient’s quality of life.”