The acupuncture It has been used for thousands of years to treat various diseases, and now it could help combat one of the biggest health problems of the 21st century. A new study from Edith Cowan University in the United States has found that acupuncture could be a useful tool to prevent Diabetes type 2.
In their work, published in the scientific journal Holistic nursing practicethe research team analyzed dozens of studies on the effects of acupuncture in over 3,600 people with prediabetescondition in which levels of glucose in the blood are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetic.
The results showed that the enhanced acupuncture therapy significantly key markers, such as fasting blood glucoseblood glucose at two hours and glycosylated hemoglobin, in addition to a greater decrease in the incidence of prediabetes. No adverse effects were recorded in patients.
Acupuncture therapy has shown great promise as an additional option to prevent diabetes, which is thought to affect the 11% of the world’s adult population. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that around 1.3 billion people will have diabetes or prediabetes in 2045.
“Without intervention, 93% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 20 years. But unlike diabetes, prediabetes is reversible with lifestyle interventions, such as improved diet and increased exercise. Many people find it difficult to stick with long-term lifestyle changes, so non-drug treatments, such as acupuncturecould be helpful,” said Min Zhang, a doctoral student and lead researcher on the study.
Although diabetes is often associated with lifestyle factors, other aspects of life can also play a role, and that’s where acupuncture comes in.
“It’s not just about blood sugar levels. If you have sleep problems, high blood pressure or excess stressThey can also contribute. Acupuncture can therefore help with these factors and work holistically to help people balance their lives,” says Zhang.
The researcher emphasizes that acupuncture is more than the use of needles: it refers to a large family of acupuncture point stimulation techniquesas light and electrical impulsesand includes other traditional Chinese medicine therapies such as moxibustion.
“It’s important because people with diabetes can have skin problems, so it’s not always ideal to use needles. We need to do more research on acupuncture and diabetes, because we need to find more ways to prevent prediabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes. Many people with prediabetes have no symptoms and feel fine, but some people progress to diabetes no more than 6 months after they are diagnosed with prediabetes. In fact, the prediabetes intervention is an investment rather than an expense. Therefore, the best time to prevent type 2 diabetes is now,” says Zhang.