Diabetes Treatment Specialist

Davis Integrated Medicine

Alfred Davis Jr., DC

Wellness Center located in Montclair, NJ

Diabetes screening and care are essential for maintaining optimal health, especially as you get older or if you have a family history of the disease. Davis Integrated Medicine provides state-of-the-art diabetes screening and treatment options to help patients in Montclair, New Jersey.

Diabetes Treatment Q & A

What Causes Diabetes?

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.

What Kinds of Symptoms Does Diabetes Cause?

The type of symptoms that may be present depends on which type of diabetes you may have, but generally speaking, symptoms can include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Increased need to urinate
  • Fatigue
  • Sores that are slow to heal
  • Increased thirstiness
  • Blurry vision

People with a family history of diabetes are more likely to have the disease themselves.

What is the Alternative?

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:

  • Lower the release of pancreatic glucagons
  • Lower blood glucose content
  • Prevent slowing of motor nerve conduction
  • Lessen symptoms of polyphagia (the urge to eat too much), polydipsia (excessive thirst) and polyuria (excessive passage of urine)
  • Enhance blood outflow and regulate vascular peripheral resistance
  • Improve microcirculation and myocardial contractility
  • Eliminate atherosclerosis of the legs
  • Exert antiatherogenic, antioxidant and immunomodulating effects
  • Induces secretion of endogenous beta-endorphin
  • Increased cell proliferation and neuropeptide Y levels
  • Elevate a lowered pain threshold

Our acupuncture therapists also make suggestions as to dietary and other lifestyle changes that can be beneficial.