Chiropractic Care and Type II Diabetes

by Craig Singleton – Intern

Researchers found that the reduction of upper-cervical subluxations resulted in a stabilization of plasma glucose levels during a three-hour fasting period.  Subluxations are what chiropractors correct, and here, what we focus on correcting for life long help.

In allopathic medicine, a subluxation is a partial dislocation. In chiropractic, a vertebral subluxation is described as a spinal vertebra has lost its correct juxtaposition with one or both of its adjacent vertebrae to a degree less than a luxation in such a way as to impinge upon nerves and get in the way of the proper transmission of impulses, upsetting general health and causing dis-ease.  Sounds simple?  The simplicity is that interfering with nerves, kills.


There are as many ways to correct subluxations as there are chiropractors. When you experience a structural insult, you usually have a bone that has been injured and forced from its normal position. The chiropractor hardly ever makes an adjustment that moves any bone back to an abnormal position.  Nor does any ONE adjustment return the bone completely to normal.  How could misalignment affect Diabetes?

The Centers for Disease Control quoted the following figures in its 2002 National Diabetes Fact Sheet: – Six percent of the population – seventeen million people – have diabetes – The total medical cost of diabetes in the United States is $132 billion – Diabetes was the sixth leading cause of death on US death certificates in 1999 – Heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disease, dental disease, difficult pregnancies, and amputations are some of the complications of diabetes – More than 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed each year among people with diabetes

The most disturbing news about diabetes is that one major form of the disease, Type II diabetes, has reached epidemic proportions. The facts and figures relating to diabetes are alarming. Individuals living with diabetes can live longer, healthier lives and considerably decrease health issues connected to their ailment by using thorough diabetes self-management approaches that include following a program of exercise, healthy nutrition, medication and self-monitoring under the supervision of a health-care team.

Chiropractic care can provide an extremely important function for diabetics, and the outcome is nothing less than stellar! Spinal nerve interference has been acknowledged in scientific literature to be a contributing factor of endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes. Chiropractic care is founded on the principle that a good working nervous system is vital to the general well-being and function of the human body.

One of the most often named causes of diabetes is spinal injury. The nerve supply to the digestive organs gets compromised by stress on nerve centers in the thoracic area of the spine. Most often the problem is in the 5th – 10th thoracic vertebrae. Thus, spinal adjustment is a primary therapy for the treatment of diabetes.  As we report on a recent patient who has followed our protocols, being adjusted no less than weekly over the last fifteen months, changing diet, and maintaining his exercise routine, he is now medication free.  Would that have happened without adjustments, not likely as fast.  With adjustments but without diet change, again, possible, but likely to be a slower process.

Dr. Eric – I had a patient a few years back who came off of blood pressure meds, statin meds (her cholesterol dropped 120 points) and diabetes management.  Her husband was a pharmacist.  She never changed her diet or her exercise, all she did was get adjusted.  She stopped seeing me after her second year, and I remember thinking “how could she have stopped, it had been going so well”.  Then I ran into her at a weekend “farm outing” for my church.  She had volunteered to help because she knew the farm owners.  After the initial hello and pleasantries.  She came back to get me and talk some more, and she told me “I want you to know, you have impacted my life more than any one health practitioner ever has.  I continue to live medication free and I continue to ride my horse pain free, after thinking that I would never be able to ride again.  I thank you for your help”.

She might not be coming in right now, but I could guarantee after that comment, that if she ever “felt” her health slip, she would be back.  The best use for chiropractic, is to never let your health slip.

Thanks to Craig for the Daily Sprout, and Blessings to you and all of our interns in their chiropractic careers, soon to begin!  Be well – Dr. E

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