Diabetes

Nutritional Wellness

Nutrition & Holistic Chiropractors located in Clearwater, FL

More than 10% of the US population has diabetes, the American Diabetes Association reports. Kevin Granger, DC, and the team at Nutritional Wellness in Clearwater, Florida, know how dangerous diabetes can be without treatment. That’s why they perform a variety of noninvasive chiropractic techniques and nutrition services at their office. To schedule a visit with the team, call Nutritional Wellness now.

Diabetes Q&A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that develops due to uncontrolled blood sugar levels. Blood glucose (sugar) is the main source of energy that your body takes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone that your pancreas makes, helps move glucose from food to your cells for energy that you can use. 

If your body doesn’t make enough insulin on its own, or doesn’t use it efficiently, glucose stays in your blood. Without treatment, this can lead to dangerously high blood sugar levels. High blood sugar can cause many serious health problems, including vision loss, nerve damage, and even limb loss.

Are there different types of diabetes?

There are two main types of diabetes that the team can help treat at Nutritional Wellness:

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes means your body doesn’t produce insulin at all. Typically diagnosed during childhood or early adulthood, Type 1 diabetes requires regular insulin injections to replace the lack of this hormone in your body.

Type 2 diabetes

Patients typically develop Type 2 diabetes after the age of 45, but it can happen at any age. If you have Type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin as well as it should. Two of the most common risk factors of this disease are obesity and family history

High blood sugar levels can also cause prediabetes, a serious condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not quite high enough to be diabetes. With blood sugar management, you can reverse prediabetes.

How do I know if I have diabetes?

Most doctors use the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test or the A1C test to diagnose diabetes. However, some of the signs and symptoms of this potentially serious condition include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Vision problems
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Irritability
  • Tingling in the hands and feet

A buildup of glucose in your blood can also lead to sweet or fruity breath and frequent skin infections.

How does chiropractic care treat diabetes?

The nerves in your upper and middle back are connected to the pancreas, which produces insulin. If your back and spine are misaligned in the area around these nerves, the function of your pancreas can diminish. By gently manipulating the spine, the chiropractic team at Nutritional Wellness can help relieve pressure on these nerves, encouraging them to function properly. 

In addition, Nutritional Wellness can design a nutrition plan that helps improve your blood sugar levels. A diet low in sodium, animal fat, and sugar lowers the amount of glucose in your blood to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of diabetes, as well as health risks like heart disease and stroke.

Schedule an appointment with Nutritional Wellness today by calling the office today.