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What does chiropractic have to do with insulin control?

Type 1 diabetes is a disease with many factors including genetics, environment, and autoimmune reactions. A 2008 case report of a 9-year old girl found that her blood glucose levels stabilized following chiropractic care. 

It may be difficult to understand the connection between the spine and diabetes. When subluxation (misalignment) in the spine is present, nerve fibers are stimulated because of decreased motion in the spinal joints.  These stimulated nerves cause a stress response: including an increase in stress hormones such as adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol. Cortisol is important because it acts to work against insulin, which may explain why chiropractic adjustments, restoring proper function to the nervous system, can be related to the regulation of insulin in this case study.

Although chiropractic adjustments are not the primary method to treat Diabetes, they may be a complement to traditional treatment options. No matter the symptom the nervous system is dictating your body’s function and any interference can cause decreased health.

Echeveste A. Chiropractic care in a nine-year-old female with vertebral subluxations, diabetes & hypothyroidism. J Vert Sublux Res. 2008 ;JUN(9)

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