Acupuncture for Diabetes

Acupuncture for Diabetes

While diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, Type 1 diabetes is actually an autoimmune disease where the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. On the other hand, Type 2 diabetes is primarily caused by genetics and lifestyle factors such as obesity, poor diet, and lack of physical activity. Acupuncture for diabetes can be helpful with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in unique ways.

The rise in processed food consumption and high-sugar diets have contributed to the development of insulin resistance in the 21st Century,  making Type 2 diabetes far more common now due to the increasing prevalence of obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

The good news is that acupuncture for diabetes can be used as a complementary therapy for Type 2 diabetes as it can help regulate blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity, reduce inflammation, and promote overall well-being.

For individuals with Type 1 diabetes acupuncture can be helpful in manage symptoms such as neuropathy, improve circulation, reduce stress, and support overall health. However, it cannot replace insulin therapy.

When you seek acupuncture for diabetes treatment for Type 2 diabetes it is important to inform your acupuncturist about your medical history and any medications you are taking to ensure safe and effective treatment.

The danger of type 2 diabetes includes various health complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, eye problems, and an increased risk of infections. It can also lead to other serious conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

People usually develop Type 2 diabetes later in life, typically after the age of 40. However, it is becoming increasingly common in younger individuals due to sedentary lifestyles and poor dietary habits.

How do you know if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes? Being overweight or obese, having a family history of diabetes, leading a sedentary lifestyle, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, and belonging to certain ethnic groups are all factors. For example, people with a South Asian ancestry appear to be at risk for insulin resistance at a younger age than the general population.

There are studies which suggest that acupuncture may help improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity in individuals with Type 2 diabetes. When you make your first appointment with your acupuncture doctor you will be asked for information to assist the doctor in formulating an individual treatment plan.

Quality of life can be improved for people living with Type 2 diabetes through a multi-faceted approach. Dr Ma at Zhou Wellness says, “Changes to diet and regular exercise will make a significant improvement when combined with other lifestyle changes. Acupuncture helps pancreatic function and insulin levels and can help with weight loss, improved metabolic function, and nerve function.”

Dr Ma has studied advanced techniques for helping those whose nerves have been damaged through high blood sugar levels. Be proactive in getting your diabetes under control. Give Zhou Wellness a call today to arrange an appointment with Dr Ma, who has made it his life’s work to help those living with diabetes.