November is American Diabetes Month

diabetesDiabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which insulin production is too low or the body does not process insulin correctly.  Patients with diabetes typically have frequent urination, increased third and hunger. There are three types: Type 1 (insulin-dependent or juvenile), Type 2 (non-insulin dependent or adult onset), and gestational (occurs during pregnancy).

About Diabetes (from the American Diabetes Association


  • Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

The Toll on Health

  • Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
  • The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
  • About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

Cost of Diabetes

  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
  • Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease.
  • Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
  • One in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
  • One in five health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.”

Acupuncture & Diabetes

Research on acupunctures effect on diabetes have been published in China since the 1950s. A review article investigated 234 articles published on acupuncture and insulin resistance[1]. Results show that acupuncture is a helpful treatment; people with type 2 respond better to acupuncture than those with type 1. Studies show that acupuncture reduces fasting blood sugar and improves glucose tolerance.  Acupuncture has also been shown effective in treating many of the effects of diabetes such as diabetic neuropathy, retinopathy, and frequent urination.

To download a PDF of the full research article Click Here: Insulin.resistance

At Wildwood Acupuncture Center–we are a family owned medically-based clinic who will work in collaboration with other treatments you are receiving to enhance your treatment results.

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[1] Liang, F., & Koya, D. (2010). Acupuncture: Is it effective for treatment of insulin resistance? Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, 12(7), 555-569.