How Exercise Can Save You Money, and Diabetes Risk.

St George Chiropractor

A great article came out in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.   It describes some of the extra benefit of regular exercise and how increasing muscle mass through exercise can decrease one’s risk of Type 2 Diabetes.  Chiropractic care is an important part of a managing diabetes.  With regular chiropractic care, diabetics can keep their joints healthy, which in turn keeps them exercising.  Regular chiropractic care can also help people reduce their risk of diabetes by reducing their restrictive joint pain.

“Our findings suggest that beyond focusing on losing weight to improve metabolic health, there may be a role for maintaining fitness and building muscle mass,” says Preethi Srikanthan, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 79 million people in America have pre-diabetes.  That is about 1 in 4 people.  The biggest concern on the horizon is the cost of diabetes.  According to Diabetes Care Journal, The median annual direct medical costs for subjects with diet-controlled type 2 diabetes, BMI 30 kg/m(2), and no microvascular, neuropathic, or cardiovascular complications were 2,100 dollars for white men and 2,500 dollars for white women. A 10 kg/m(2) increase in BMI, treatment with oral antidiabetic or antihypertensive agents, diabetic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, and peripheral vascular disease were each associated with 10-30% increases in cost.  And these values do not include the costs of increased health care insurance.  Imagine trying to buy insurance when you diabetes, it’s incredibly expensive.

When we look at the benefit of exercise for over-all health it seems crazy that we would not be exercising to save ourselves money.   Some people have a good reason for not exercising; they simply can’t due to joint pain.  That is where I come into the picture.  As a chiropractor specializing in joint pain and spinal trauma (like whiplash), I help people get back onto the road to health, and in this case wealth.

If you are suffering from joint pain and it is keeping you from exercising, call me at Innova Pain Clinic and let’s get together.  You can expect a complete examination, including digital x-rays, if needed.

Dr. Andrew White | St George Chiropractor

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