Did you know that more than 29 million Americans suffer from diabetes? As a common metabolic disease, diabetes affects blood sugar levels due to inadequate production of insulin. Insulin is a critical hormone that aids the body in converting food into energy efficiently by moving glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream into the cells. Without enough insulin, glucose levels in the bloodstream can rise to dangerous levels.
The two most common types of diabetes are:
This type of diabetes affects approximately ten to fifteen percent of those afflicted with this disease. Type 1 diabetes means that the sufferer is insulin-dependent.
This type of diabetes affects approximately eighty-five percent of those afflicted with this disease. As the more common type, Type 2 sufferers typically take either an oral medication or receive a combination of medication and insulin via an injection.
With medical monitoring and an intentional concentration on both health and wellness, diabetes sufferers can lead relatively normal lives. One thing that can be included in a mindful wellness routine though is frequent massage therapy sessions. Massage can bring many benefits for those afflicted with this incurable disease. Here’s how:
One of the key components of massage is that a session can boost blood flow and enhance the body’s natural circulation enabling more lymph and blood to move.
Massage can help calm the central nervous system and provide the release of stress and tension which in turn can help the body stay flexible and maintain good range of motion.
For those with diabetes, massage can provide relief from the mental stress and worry that a chronic disease can bring. Mental clarity and calmness can do wonders to elevate quality of life and aid in stress management.
As always, it’s important to consult your doctor before starting any type of massage routine to ensure your safety. With the proper nutrition and exercise, massage is a great addition to help support the health and wellbeing of those with diabetes.