Chiropractic as an alternative/adjunct treatment for diabetes


Is Poor Posture Linked to Diabetes?


Diabetes is a serious health condition that has become increasingly common, even epidemic, in western society. It has led to an increased interest in research to understand and find new ways to treat it. Conventional treatment involves insulin therapy, but for those seeking a natural and alternative route, research is pointing to chiropractic as an exciting option.


How are Diabetes and Corrective Spinal Adjustments Connected?


When we think about spinal adjustments and posture correction most people think about bones – the spine, realignment of the spine and also about pain problems. So it is natural to ask – how could chiropractic help with something like diabetes that appears to have nothing to do with the spine? As with many other health issues, the answer is – The nervous system. The nerves run between the segments of the spine. When those segments are poorly aligned, as is the case with poor posture, the nerves do not function as they are supposed to. Since the nerves are what controls the function of organs such as the heart, lungs and also the pancreas, poor posture can interfere with the normal function of the pancreas and affect conditions like diabetes.


What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar due to improper insulin production or faulty insulin receptors.  As a result, glucose remains in the blood.


Types of Diabetes:


Type-1 Diabetes: usually diagnosed in children and adolescents, and occurs because the pancreas cannot produce insulin.  Insulin is a hormone that controls the amount of glucose in the blood.


Type-2 Diabetes: occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body does not use the insulin effectively.  Type-2 diabetes develops later in life and has been increasingly prevalent in western society in recent years.


Prediabetes: a condition in which a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not quite high enough to be classified as a type 2 diabetic. 


If left untreated, diabetes can lead to:


1.    Kidney Disease

2.    Nerve Damage

3.    Heart Disease

4.    Eye Diseases

5.    Impotence


Risk Factors Include:


1.    Overweight/Obesity

2.    Having a family member with diabetes

3.    Being a member of a high-risk group (Aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian and African descent).

4.    Having gestational diabetes

5.    High Blood Pressure

6.    High Cholesterol

7.    Impaired glucose tolerance

8.    Impaired Fasting Glucose

9.    Age Greater than 40



Research on Chiropractic and Diabetes:


A study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research focused on the positive response to chiropractic when used as an integrative treatment in the care of patients with adult onset diabetes.  In this study, patients received a program that consisted of chiropractic care, nutritional and exercise guidance.  One month into the program, patients blood glucose and urine levels had normalized and remained stable.



Correct your Posture:


Correcting poor posture has significant implications for your overall health. Taking the time now to have your posture checked can not only improve your appearance, help with pain problems such as headaches, neck pain, tension across the shoulders and back pain but it can also prevent serious health problems. Click here for a FREE posture assessment in one of our clinics.




Dr. Guy Bahar is The Posture Doc., a Chiropractor with offices in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Toronto, Ontario and Oakville, Ontario.  Dr. Bhasin is a Chiropractor in the Richmond Hill, Ontario location of The Posture Clinic. The Posture Clinic specializes in the detection and correction of poor posture. The unique Posture Training Method used there corrects poor posture and improves forward head posture, improving appearance, reducing pain problems and restoring overall health. See our amazing New Patient Special and find out what your posture number is today! Feel Better. Look Better. Live Better.





1.    Canadian Diabetes Association


2.    World Chiropractic Alliance