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diabetesAmerican diets have changed in the last century, as have levels in activity. This combination has only increased the number of American diagnosed yearly with diabetes. are According to the American Diabetes Association, each year 1.9 million American are diagnosed with diabetes. Roughly 26 million adults and children in the U.S. have diabetes, and 79 million American are considered pre-diabetic. If trends continue at this rate, it is projected that 1 in 3 American will be diabetic by 2050.

Those of us practicing physical medicine can play a key role in reversing the trend. With a focus on whole-body health, physical medicine techniques work to establish and maintain balance in the body. For patients who are prediabetic—meaning that a patient has some, but not all, of the criteria for a diagnosis of diabetes—working with a physical medicine professional to lose unhealthy weight and create realistic, easy meal plans relieves stress on the body’s endocrine system.

Physical medicine care also pays special attention to how a patient’s body balances hormones. An imbalance in the pituitary gland may lead to a diagnosis of diabetes, or worsen a patient already living with diabetes.

Diabetes patients have found relief from painful Peripheral Neuropathy with gentle, non-invasive physical medicine treatments. Peripheral neuropathy describes injury to the body’s periphery nerves, the nerves in the toes and fingertips. When damaged or injured, these nerves malfunction and send messages to the brain that result in pain, tingling, and numbness. Peripheral neuropathy is common in patients with diabetes, but physical medicine treatments can help.

At our clinic, we recommend Cold Laser Therapy to combat the pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This therapy works by stimulating blood flow around the damaged nerves, and increases oxygen on the cellular level. This rise in blood flow and oxygen provide the injured nerves with nutrients they need to heal.