Do you or someone you love suffer from diabetes? Acupuncture can help!
Diabetes a disease that affects the whole family, especially when a child is diagnosed. It is estimated that 25.8 million people in the United States have diabetes — men, women and children. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, which is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for the body’s daily life. The risk for death is approximately twice that of persons of similar age without diabetes (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both environmental factors (such as obesity and lack of exercise) and genetics seem to play a part. Complications of diabetes include cardiovascular diseases, degenerative eye conditions, limb pain, ulceration, gangrene, hypertension, kidney disease, nervous system disease, periodontal disease, amputation, fatigue, depression, and complications during pregnancy.
There are three primary types of diabetes.
In type 1 diabetes the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas have been damaged by the body’s immune system. Type 1 diabetics are unable to produce insulin and require insulin injections or else they will die. Approximately 10% of diabetes cases are type 1. Type 1 diabetes is usually considered a lifelong condition.
Type 2 or “adult-onset” diabetes comprises 90% of diabetes cases. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body is unable to utilize insulin or produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels. This leads to unbalanced blood sugar levels and symptoms including excessive thirst and urination, fatigue, and strong hunger, among other symptoms. Type 2 diabetes is associated with obesity and a high fat, high sugar diet. 90% of diabetics are older than 40 and overweight. Insulin injections, dietary changes, exercise, and stress management are the primary forms of treatment. Diabetes drugs are used to treat complications, but there can be side effects, and they are often not effective at minimizing complications.
Gestational diabetes is usually a temporary condition that affects up to 5% of pregnancies. Gestational diabetes increases the diabetes risk for the child and the mother.
In order to manage diabetes, it is critical for people to make healthy lifestyle choices in diet, exercise, and other health habits. Another important factor when treating diabetes is creating a support team of health care professionals.
An excellent source of help to add to that team is your Acupuncturist!
Diabetes is caused by an imbalance of the cyclical flow of Qi within the meridians and organ systems of the body. This particular imbalance produces heat that depletes the body’s fluids and Qi, causing symptoms such as: irritability, fatigue, lethargy, unexplained weight loss, excessive thirst, urination, and/or eating, blurry vision, poor wound healing, and infections.
Acupuncture has been being used to treat diabetes for over 2,000 years. The acupuncture points used to treat diabetes are all over the body and on several meridians. The treatment for diabetes will focus on regulating the circulation of blood and Qi and balancing the organ systems to improve pancreatic function and address internal heat and the depletion of fluids. Acupuncture is also used to control blood sugar levels. Acupuncture can help to manage cholesterol levels which reduce the cardiovascular complications of diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy can be managed with acupuncture. When treating diabetes, acupuncture can assist the body to regain its normal healthy functioning.
Diabetes is a common disease, yet every individual needs unique care, and acupuncture treats the whole person!
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