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Type 2 Diabetes and Digestion

Type 2 diabetes is a condition where a person’s body has the inability to control blood glucose levels and becomes insulin resistant. There are common symptoms one can experience with insulin resistance such as excessive thirst and appetite, increase urinary frequency—especially at night—and fatigue, to name a few.

There is not one thing that causes type 2 diabetes, but it is the result of a combination of many things and can take years or even a decade of abuse to the body for diabetes to develop. There are lifestyle factors that influence physiological factors. The lifestyle factors are emotional stress, sedentary lifestyle and a poor diet high in simple carbohydrates. This way of living strongly influences a detrimental physiological domino effect of sympathetic dominance, subluxations (vertebral misalignments of the spine) and digestion dysfunction (enzyme deficiencies), which then leads to insulin resistance over time.

Prolonged stress, plus a diet high in simple carbohydrates (sugar), forces the body into sympathetic dominance. The sympathetic nervous system is the fight or flight response, but when the body becomes locked in this mode and the fight or flight response is always turned on, it becomes unhealthy and forces other physiological factors like digestion dysfunction, adrenal fatigue and hypoglycemia. This sympathetic dominance physically appears in the body through involuntary muscle contraction at the base of the skull and between the shoulder blades. To chiropractors, these are subluxations. Digestion dysfunction is influenced by subluxations at the base of the skull, thus decreasing vagal nerve stimulation to the digestion organs. So prolonged stress and a high sugar diet causes involuntary muscle contraction or subluxations, which leads to sympathetic dominance and digestion dysfunction.

A sustained high sugar diet contributes to digestion dysfunction and enzyme deficiencies. People that can’t digest fat compensate by consuming too much sugar because the cells and organs in the body need energy to function. When the body is under stress, the body turns to fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. This will require the person to consume more fat in the diet. Stress weakens digestion and causes enzyme deficiencies, making it difficult for the body to digest fat. In response to this situation, the body turns towards the easiest way to get energy—simple carbohydrates, or sugar. Excessive sugar consumption leads to carbohydrate metabolism challenges, deepens the hole of sympathetic dominance, perpetuates chronic inflammation in the body and leads to major nutritional imbalances and subluxations. This is the perfect recipe for developing type 2 diabetes.

There is good news—it can be reversed. The human body is amazing and can heal, provided that it is given functional support, proper nutrition, time and space for it to heal. The challenge is getting people to change their habits. The more one is open to changing habits and willing to learn more healthful ways, the better chances one has to heal the body.

Reversing Type 2 diabetes can be done, but it is an uphill battle and will take time. Lifestyle factors need to change, and the physiological factors will need significant support. It’s important to align with the right health professional to help manage lifestyle changes. One of the best ways to start is cleaning up the diet by eliminating processed, genetically modified food, fried and fast foods, and start consuming more whole food (fresh fruits and vegetables). Flood the body with the right organic vegetables, clean meats, seeds and nuts. Be more conscious about chewing food and take enzymes supplements to strengthen the digestion and immune systems. Start an exercise program or just get out and start walking. Consistent chiropractic adjustments also help to support the body, pull it out of sympathetic dominance and significantly facilitate the healing process from within.

Dr. Keith Giaquinto is an internal health specialist located at 300 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville. For more information, call 630-246-2627 or visit

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