Avoiding Diabetes

The worldwide type 2 diabetes epidemic has been thoroughly documented.1, 2 yet despite extensive study and analysis, there has been little actual progress in slowing the spread of this chronic disease. Numerous medications such as metformin and glyburide are available to help counter the severe problems that result from unchecked diabetes. But if the person with diabetes doesn’t assist in the process of getting well, the disease will continue on its unrelenting course. There are many important steps a diabetic patient can take to improve his or her health status. Better still, these same steps may be implemented by healthy persons to ward off type 2 diabetes in the first place.

In type 2 diabetes, the cells of your body become resistant to the effects of insulin. Normally, the hormone insulin promotes the absorption of glucose from the blood by muscle cells and fat cells. With insulin resistance, glucose fails to be properly absorbed by these cells and blood levels of glucose rise. Over time, some of this excess glucose is converted into fat, increasing the person’s weight, causing high blood pressure, and placing undue stress on the heart. Further, prolonged exposure to excess glucose damages small blood vessels and nerve fibres, leading to significant pain along large nerve tracts (neuropathies), loss of circulation to and even amputation of a lower limb, kidney disease, kidney failure, eye disease, and blindness.

Thus, diabetes can be devastating for both patients and their families. The annual public health costs related to diabetes treatment are huge. Diabetes costs in the U.S. were $245 billion in 2012, representing $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in lost productivity. Worse, in 2012, 9.3% (29.1 million) of Americans had diabetes, up from 8.3% (25.8 million persons) in 2010. Costs of diabetes to patients, families, and society continue to rise.

The only feasible method of combating the worldwide diabetes epidemic focuses on individual initiative. Medical treatment, by definition, arrives after the fact, typically years after the diabetes process has been set in motion. Prevention is the best strategy. Adopting a lifestyle that, indirectly, leads to appropriate utilization of insulin rather than insulin resistance offers a real, effective solution to diabetes prevention. More than 20 years of research has demonstrated that 30 minutes of vigorous exercise a day, combined with a healthy diet and sufficient rest, will substantially assist a person in avoiding chronic diseases such as diabetes.3 Personal accountability and personal responsibility are called for. It is up to each of us to make such choices in the best interest of ourselves and our families.

Here at Bedford Chiropractic Clinic we are here to help and advise you as much as you need. But please remember the key to getting the maximum out of any exercise is to ensure that your nervous system is actually activating the muscles that you are training.

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Chiropractic Offers Quicker Back Pain Recovery than Medical Care, new study.

Chiropractic is a proven effective way to help people recover and prevent back pain, but many people still choose to see a medical provider for back problems.23405363_l
According to research published in Spine, the chiropractic is the better choice.

This particular randomized-controlled trial consisted of 107 adult participants who began experiencing low back pain at some time within the previous 12 weeks. Each person received one of three different treatments: manual-thrust manipulation (MTM), mechanical-assisted manipulation (MAM), or usual medical care (UMC).

The manipulation groups received a total of eight treatment sessions (two per week for four weeks), and the UMC group engaged in three visits during this same time frame. Self-reported data regarding both pain and disability were collected at the beginning of the study, immediately post-treatment (at the four week mark), and three and six months later.
Upon the completion of the treatment sessions, or four weeks into the study, MTM patients “showed a statistically significant advantage” in regard to linear regression over both the MAM and UMC group members. Additionally, MTM patients had a higher level of responders when it came to disability factors (76 percent) than when compared to participants in the MAM and UMC groups (50 percent and 48 percent, respectively). They also experienced better results in regard to pain as well, with 94 percent of MTM patients reporting improvement in this area, as compared to 69 percent of MAM and 56 percent of UMC recipients.

What does this mean in real-life terms?spinal-cord
Researchers concluded that, “Patients improved with all 3 treatments, however manual
manipulation lead to significantly greater reductions in pain and disability at the end of care (4 weeks).”
Essentially, all three of these methods may offer some level of relief, but the one with the greatest and quickest amount of self-reported improvement was—hands down—chiropractic care

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10 Tips to Avoid Back Pain

If you are currently suffering, think about which of these tips you aren’t already following and try them!
If in an doubt contact Bedford Chiropractic clinic and come and see us !

  • Back Pain Tip 1.       Eat & drink properlygood-diet-food

A proper diet is essential to good spinal and general health.  Avoid processed foods and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.  Too much fatty food can cause blocking of the arteries which can hinder the body’s ability to deal with infection.

Make sure you drink plenty of water – around 8 glasses a day – and avoid drinking too much tea, coffee and alcohol. Do have the odd bad day just don’t let it be everyday.

  • Back Pain Tip 2.      Exercise sensiblywoman-walking-outside

Regular exercise is vital to maintain a healthy spine and heart.  Exercise which raises your pulse for around 20-30 minutes each day will help keep your heart healthy and help strengthen the muscles protecting your spine and thus avoid back pain.
Start by walking 10 mins every other day and add 5 mins a week.

Remember the BIGGEST tip and can give you is to look after your back is good shoes and arch support. Come and see us and we can see what needs to be done before the damage happens.

NHS letting you down ?

The NHS and Doctors letting you down ?
Their only treatment is to give you more pain killers?
No really idea why you’re in pain ?
Being told its ‘Old age or you’ve getting older’ ?

You can’t just leave it to get worse !

In most cases we can explain what is happening and why. We looking to correct the under lining problem that causes your pain and suffering. You might find the source of the problem isn’t what you thought.
Bedford Chiropractors look at the whole body not just your area of pain.

www.bedford-chiropractor.co.uk

 

NHS letting you down ?

The NHS and Doctors letting you down ?
Their only treatment is to give you more pain killers?
No really idea why you’re in pain ?
Being told its ‘Old age or you’ve getting older’ ?

You can just leave it to get worse.

In most cases we can explain what is happening and why. We looking to correct the under lining problem that causes your pain and suffering. You might find the source of the problem isn’t what you thought.
Bedford Chiropractors look at the whole body not just your area of pain.

www.bedford-chiropractor.co.uk