Awareness of diabetes
14 November 2012 is World Diabetes Day which raises global awareness of diabetes. This day is started by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and World Health Organization (WHO). It is celebrated on 14 November to remember the birthday of Frederick Banting who together with Charles Best was involved in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life-saving treatment for diabetes patients. WHO estimated that more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes.
What is diabetes? Diabetes is a long term condition caused by high blood sugar (glucose) level which will damage the body. High blood glucose is caused by insulin deficiency, resistance or both. Glucose which comes from the food we eat is absorbed into blood. Glucose is then carried to different body cells. Insulin which is secreted by the pancreas is needed for glucose to be transported from blood into body cells. If insulin production is decreased or insulin does not work well, it affects glucose transportation. As a result, glucose remains in the blood causing high blood glucose. High blood glucose causes many symptoms. There are three classic symptoms which are increasing urination frequency, drinking more water because of thirsty and eating more than usual.
There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is developed in younger age and is insulin dependent. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas cannot produce any insulin which regulates blood sugar level. Type 2 is developed later in adult life. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body’s cells do not react well to insulin. This is known as insulin resistance. The common symptoms of diabetes are feeling very thirsty, frequent urination particular at night, feeling very tired and weight loss. There is a survey suggesting that about 90% of parents are not aware of the symptoms of diabetes type 1 in children. Awareness of diabetes is very important to get the condition diagnosed and treated.
850,000 people are thought to have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Three million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes. Most of the cases are type 2 diabetes which the body does not produce enough insulin or the body does not respond well to insulin known as insulin resistance. Obesity is one of the risk factor of type 2 diabetes. Weight loss is important in controlling the development of diabetes. To get help in early stage of the condition could improve quality of life.
Effect of acupuncture in treating diabetes
Diabetes is initially managed by a healthy diet, weight reduction and exercise. If these failed to control blood sugar, oral glucose lowering drugs are needed. These drugs may get good effect at first, but after a while their effects would reduce. Also they have many side effects, such as, weight gain, weakness, fatigue, lactic acidosis etc. Insulin is expected to added, if oral agents fail to control blood sugar level.
Acupuncture, one of the oldest healing practices, is one of the most rapidly growing complementary therapies which is recognised by both the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Treating diabetes with acupuncture is a common approach in China. It has been used in the United States during the last tens of years. Recently research showed that acupuncture is effective in treating not only diabetes, but also in preventing and managing complications of the diabetes. Acupuncture helps reduce weight and improve quality of life in people with diabetes. The effects of acupuncture include improving insulin resistance, lipid metabolism and improving inflammation. Maintaining blood sugar level in normal range with essential health care methods could help people with diabetes control the progress of the condition without developing complications. Acupuncture combined with diet control and exercises could have beneficial short term and long term effects on preventing progressing of diabetes in early stage and preventing and treating complications in late stage.
The mechanism is not completely clear, but there are a few possible mechanisms for the effectiveness of acupuncture on diabetes: acupuncture can activate glucose-6-phosphate and affect hypothalamus; acupuncture can act on the pancreas to increase insulin synthesis; it can also increase the numbers of insulin receptors on target cells; in addition, it can accelerate the utilization of glucose. As a result, blood sugar decreases. Recent study showed that acupuncture reduces insulin resistance and improves obesity which may contribute to the effectiveness of acupuncture on diabetes. Meng H studied effect of electoracupuncture on impaired glucose tolerance. There were 60 patients were involved. The patients were divided into two groups: 30 cases in acupuncture group, 30 cases in control group. The acupuncture points applied included Shenshu (BL23), Pishu (BL20), Zusali (ST36) and Sanyinjiao (SP6). 6 sessions was carried out. There was no intervention in control group. Fasting blood-glucose (FBG) and 2 hour postprandial blood glucose (2h PBG) were measured before and after treatment and compared between the two groups. 2h PBG was significantly lower in acupuncture group compared with the control group. They concluded that acupuncture is a promising treatment for impaired glucose tolerance.
Meng H et al Zhongguo Zhen Jiu (2011) 31:971-3
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