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Posted on 05-05-2016

Diabetes is a condition that nearly 26 million Americans, or roughly 10% of the population, suffers with. It is a life-threatening disease that can drastically reduce the quality of life, often leading to strokeblindnesskidney diseasenervous system disease, and the need for the amputation of limbs.

The condition is characterized by an inability of the body to remove sugar from the blood. Sugar levels spike in the blood when we consume carbohydrates, whether they are simple sugars or more complex ones. When the body is unable to clear this excess sugar from the bloodstream, diabetes ensues.

It has been known from experiments in the 1800s that problems in the brainstem at the base of the brain can cause diabetes. From this early time, scientists and physicians knew that the central nervous systemcontrols blood sugar levels. It wasn’t until the 20th century that scientists discovered insulin, the hormone that is responsible for clearing sugar from the blood. From that point on, all pharmaceutical intervention was aimed at insulin and the pancreas, the organ responsible for producing insulin. The nervous system’s central role in blood sugar regulation was ignored.

In the past few years, a growing body of research is bringing the focus back on the central nervous system. It turns out that a chemical called leptin is released from fat cells depending upon blood sugar levels and what we eat, to signal to the nervous system whether or not more or less insulin should be released from the pancreas. In short, it explains how the brainstem is responsible for ultimately controlling our blood sugar levels.

Research in upper cervical chiropractic has confirmed this fact even as the medical research was only beginning to come forward. In 2000, a study was conducted by Dr Dickholtz, an upper cervical chiropractor, in which patients with type II diabetes were assessed for an atlas subluxation, small misalignments at the top of the neck around the brainstem. Atlas subluxations were found and corrected in all subjects, who saw a significant decrease and stabilization in blood sugar levels with no other interventions.

This is because the brain stem ultimately controls blood sugar levels, as well as all other vital functions in the body. A functioning nervous system is necessary for optimal health. Call 814.368.1100 to make an appointment today to have your nervous system checked for interference, and corrected to begin living a healthier, happier life today!

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