In the case study, after a few weeks of treatment, the patient's blood and urine glucose levels had ebbed back to normal and stayed stable. His medical doctor, who watched his progress, declared the patient would never have to use insulin if his condition remained the same. "It is unclear how much impact chiropractic care might have on the primary or secondary care of patients with diabetes," said Charles Blum, author of the paper and president of the Sacro Occipital Technique Organization-USA.
"Further study is necessary to determine if there is a subset of patients with diabetes that might respond to chiropractic care incorporated in a system of other integrated methods of care." This is the latest in a series of recent studies that suggest a broader applicability of chiropractic than just to relieving back pain and headaches. "This type of study is popping up everywhere," said JVSR Editor Matthew McCoy, who is also a chiropractor.
"For more than 100 years, chiropractors have maintained that what they do affects organ system function and general health. Case studies like this demonstrate the urgency for more research funding from the public and private sector on chiropractic and its effects beyond neck and back pain." If chiropractic care can help type 2 diabetes, it could represent a huge boon for America, because the disease is increasing sharply and eating up a giant percentage of the nation's health care resources.
Between 1990 and 1999, the diabetes rate rose by over 40 percent. By 2000, almost 7 percent of Americans suffered from the condition. If the rate of increase remains the same, roughly a third of men and 40 percent of women born in the year 2000 will contract diabetes in their lifetime. Diabetes ravages people's lives, shortening men's life expectancy by an average of 11-13 years, and women's by 12-17 years. Moreover, it drained about $132 billion of the $865 billion spent on health care in 2002.