Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications. Acute complications include diabetic ketoacidosis and nonketotic hyperosmolar coma. Serious long-term complications include cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic kidney failure, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes.
Diabetes is due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced. There are three main types of diabetes mellitus:
Type 1 DM results from the pancreas’s failure to produce enough insulin. This form was previously referred to as “insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” (IDDM) or “juvenile diabetes”. The cause is unknown. Type 2 DM begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly.
As the disease progresses a lack of insulin may also develop.This form was previously referred to as “non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” (NIDDM) or “adult-onset diabetes”. The primary cause is excessive body weight and not enough exercise.
Gestational diabetes, is the third main form and occurs when pregnant women without a previous history of diabetes develop high blood-sugar levels.
Prevention and treatment involve a healthy diet, physical exercise, maintaining a normal body weight, and avoiding use of tobacco. Treatment involves regulating these factors:
- Hormone Imbalances
- Digestive Disorders
- Many other Causes
At Fontana Chiropractic and Acupuncture, we have helped many patients who live with diabetes. With chiropractic and acupuncture, we help support the bodies natural physiology to fight against diabetes, in addition to recommending lifestyle recommendations. Our goal is to help our patients fight against this disease in all aspects of their lives.
Acupuncture has been clinically shown to improve glycemic control in this randomized controlled trail.
Title: Efficacy and safety of traditional Chinese medicine for diabetes: a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial.
Design: In a controlled, double blind, multi-center non-inferiority trial, 800 patients with unsatisfactory glycemic control (fasting glucose 7-13 mmol/L and HbA1c 7-11%) were randomly assigned to receive herbal medicine Xiaoke Outcome measures at 48 weeks were the incidence and rate of hypoglycemia, mean difference in HbA1c, and proportion of patients with HbA1c<6.5%.
Results: In patients with type 2 diabetes and inadequate glycaemic control, treatment with Xiaoke Pill led to significant reduction in risk of hypoglycemia and similar improvements in glycemic control after 48 weeks compared to Glibenclamide.
Citation: Ji L, Tong X, Paul S, et al. Efficacy and safety of traditional chinese medicine for diabetes: a double-blind, randomised, controlled trial. Plos One [serial online]. 2013;8(2):e56703. Available from: MEDLINE with Full Text, Ipswich, MA. Accessed July 23, 2014.