The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that there are over 20 million Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes, while approximately seven million people are undiagnosed. Between the years of 1995 and 2010, 18 states witnessed a 100 percent increase in diabetes – causing the CDC to estimate that one in three adults will have this condition by 2050.
Diabetes considered to be a part of a group of metabolic conditions that influence how your body processes glucose or blood sugar. Glucose is necessary for providing energy to the cells that help support healthy muscles and tissues, while also serving as the primary nutrient for your brain.
Types of Diabetes
There are a variety of forms that diabetes can take on. Such forms include:
- Type 1 Diabetes – The pancreas is unable to produce any insulin, which forces the patient to rely on insulin injections for their entire lives. Close to one and a half million people suffer from Type 1 Diabetes.
- Type 2 Diabetes – Approximately 30 million people throughout the United States currently suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, making it the most common form. This particular type develops when your body is resistant to insulin or does not produce enough to maintain healthy glucose levels.
Symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes can cause patients to experience symptoms such as:
- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst and hunger
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Digestive disorders
- Skin disorders
Understanding Prediabetes and Gestational Diabetes
Out of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, these other forms are able to be treated permanently. These two types refer to cases where someone’s blood sugar levels are high but do not reach the standards to qualify for a true diagnosis. The vast majority of those who have Type 2 Diabetes are prediabetic initially and when they are at this point, early treatment can lead to stable, healthy blood sugar levels.
Gestational Diabetes affects close to 20 percent of pregnant women because of the body’s inability to produce enough glucose. Most cases go away on their own after the mother gives birth, although there are a few scenarios where the woman develops Type 2 Diabetes at some point.
Atlanta Chiropractic Treatment Can Help Manage Diabetes
When dealing with Diabetes, it’s important to reduce excess glucose without also causing substantially low levels of blood sugar. Type 1 Diabetes requires daily insulin injections and is best managed through regular exercise, along with a healthy diet.
Type 2 Diabetes can be managed through a weight loss program, regular exercise, and a healthy diet, as well. Oral medications can also help depending on the circumstances and condition of the patient. Chiropractic treatment can help those with Diabetes by creating a stable environment that supports a healthy circulatory and nervous system. Regular adjustments are cited as effective for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and serve as a safe alternative to techniques that contain adverse side effects.
Contact our Atlanta Chiropractors to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you avoid negative side effects associated with Diabetes, as well as live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Dial (404) 889-8828 to set up an appointment today.