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Q: I am 64 years old. I have had non-insulin-dependent (type II) diabetes mellitus for 10 years and have controlled it with medication during that time. Can acupuncture help keep my blood sugar levels in a realistic range?

A: Yes. An estimated 5.5 million Americans are being treated for diabetes mellitus, one of the world's oldest known diseases

Often diet and exercise can control this type of diabetes. By regulating caloric intake and eliminating foods that are high in fat and sugar, which cause "spikes" in blood sugar levels, medications may be avoided. Exercise burns calories and helps lower blood sugar without medication.

There are specific acupuncture points that are utilized for treating the pancreas and the condition of diabetes. People who are motivated to control their blood sugar levels without medication must be able to recognize the early indications of acidosis or hypoglycemia and know what to do to correct it. Acupuncture, in conjunction with herbs, is a healthy supplemental way to control blood sugar, with the potential of being drug-free.

About the Author:

Jane McKee, MAcOM, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist in Tigard, Oregon. 

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