Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a multi-system disease described by persistent hyperglycemia (increased blood sugar). It results in both acute and chronic issues like mobility, headaches, and neuromusculoskeletal issues. Type-2 diabetes or adult-onset diabetes signifies the most common form of the disease. Chiropractors recognize these complications and can help diabetic patients with musculoskeletal issues. (1)
Diabetes is a chronic (long-term) condition that affects many people, weakens their musculoskeletal system, and keeps them from the quality of life they want. New Hampshire Spine and Sport recognizes this and works with our Southern New Hampshire diabetic patients who may well come to us for other conditions like back pain and neck pain and find that chiropractic care is beneficial for their health.
25.8 million Americans (8.3% of the population) have diabetes. (2)
About two million Canadians suffer from diabetes, 10% of them with Type 1, contributing to 41,000 deaths a year. (3)
Incredible statistics, but that’s just the underlying story. The bigger story is the effect diabetes has on each person with diabetes. Healthcare providers of all sorts are eager to help. Medications are often a central form of care, but diet, exercise, and chiropractic play roles as well. Chiropractic offers benefits to diabetic patients.
Mobility is a concern for diabetics. Southern New Hampshire diabetic patients wants to keep it, but some diabetics are limited in their mobility. Let’s consider the statistics: Diabetic subjects are more likely to use a mobility aid than control subjects: 7 versus 2% used a wheelchair regularly, 7 vs. 3% a frame, and 33 vs. 26% a walking stick. Overall, 46% of diabetic subjects used some form of mobility aid compared to just 31% of control subjects. (4) Many are overweight or obese, 54% in one study. (5) 22% are physically inactive, 17.4% are smokers, 18% report having hypertension, and 19.6% report high cholesterol. (6) That’s where chiropractic care may become a useful adjunct form of care.
How does chiropractic fit into diabetic care?
Chiropractors like yours at New Hampshire Spine and Sport work with the musculoskeletal system. Our gentle Cox Technic
keeps the spine and the musculoskeletal system functioning effectively. Further, chiropractic considers the whole person, and New Hampshire Spine and Sport coordinates nutrition
, diet, and exercise
to your tolerance and desire.
Coordination of care amongst healthcare providers like chiropractic physicians and primary care physicians is a good start. Each provides encouraging counseling on how to manage diabetes as well as the best their professions have to offer.
Contact New Hampshire Spine and Sport today to make chiropractic a part of your overall diabetes care and discuss how chiropractic care may enhance your diabetes care plan beneficially.