A popular view of diabetes is that it is caused by a problem with blood sugar, while in fact it is a disease of insulin. Insulin functions to move glucose from the bloodstream to cells so that it can be used to create energy. On a cellular level, that energy is called ATP.
Type I diabetes occurs when your body has an autoimmune reaction to the pancreas and stops it from producing insulin. Type I diabetes, then, is a shortage of insulin in the body. Type II diabetes is the opposite, and occurs when the body produces sufficient insulin, but cells become resistant to insulin getting sugar into the cells.
Most traditional medications increase the amount of insulin in your system and simultaneously stops your liver from putting insulin into the bloodstream. The result is that your body has an overabundance of insulin while the drugs push more insulin into your system. Over time, this forces sugar into the cell, but the insulin resistance eventually catches up. As a result, people typically must move to higher levels of medication dosages.
The type of symptoms that may be present depends on which type of diabetes you may have, but generally speaking, symptoms can include:
People with a family history of diabetes are more likely to have the disease themselves.
Since stress is a key factor in the malfunction caused in all autoimmune diseases, we offer a number of therapies to alleviate stress. In addition, acupuncture has been associated with relieving dysfunction of the pancreas in the following ways:
Our acupuncture therapists also make suggestions as to dietary and other lifestyle changes that can be beneficial.
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