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Diabetes


Chances are that you or someone you know has been affected by diabetes. It!/s an increasingly common condition-one that approximately 1.3 million people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with this year alone. While it is generally a long-term condition, diabetes can be managed through self-card, nutrition, and medication. Another safe, effective approach to managing diabetes and its symptoms is acupuncture. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) help promote health and well being. Both can be used safely along with your current medical treatment to provide the best results for you.



Understanding a complex condition

The body gets its energy from food through the process of digestion. Food is broken down into glucose (or sugar), which passes into the bloodstream. Then the glucose is moved into muscle, fat, and liver cells by the hormone insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. However, if you have diabetes, your body either does not produce enough insulin, or doesn't respond to it properly, and this leads to high levels of sugar in the blood.



There are two main types of diabetes

Type I diabetes: Usually diagnosed during childhood, type I is an autoimmune disease in which the body!/s immune system attacks insulin-producing cells. Symptoms usually come on suddenly, and treatment includes daily injections of insulin.

Type II diabetes: This type accounts for 90-95% of all diabetes cases, and is usually diagnosed during adulthood. Major risk factors include family history, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol and being overweight and sedentary.



Symptoms or Type II diabetes include:

Increased thirst
Increased urination
Increased appetite
Fatigue
Blurred vision
Slow-healing infections
Impotence in men


Statistics:
• Among U.S. residents aged 65 years and older, 10.9 million, or 26.9%, 
had diabetes in 2010. 
• About 215,000 people younger than 20 years had diabetes (type 1 or 
type 2) in the United States in 2010.
• About 1.9 million people aged 20 years or older were newly 
diagnosed with diabetes in 2010 in the United States.
• In 2005–2008, based on fasting glucose or hemoglobin A1c levels, 
35% of U.S. adults aged 20 years or older had prediabetes (50% of 
adults aged 65 years or older). Applying this percentage to the entire 
U.S. population in 2010 yields an estimated 79 million American 
adults aged 20 years or older with prediabetes.
• Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lowerlimb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the 
United States.
• Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
• Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Oriental Medicine may be a new pathway to curing diabetes.

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