- In France, more than 3.5 million people were undergoing treatment for diabetes in 2020.
- Acupuncture is based on the stimulation of specific points, located on several places of the human body, using several physical techniques.
In a study published in the journal Holistic Nursing Pratique, researchers from Edith-Cowan University (Australia) found that acupuncture was useful in preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes. To reach this discovery, they analyzed dozens of research on the effects of this method treatment of traditional Chinese medicine. The data came from 3,600 people considered “prediabetic”. In other words, these patients had higher than average blood sugar levels without being diagnosed as diabetic.
Better glycemic control
According to the results, people who benefited from acupuncture sessions noticed that the rates and measurements related to diabetes had improved. These include fasting blood glucose, two-hour blood glucose, and glycated hemoglobin. In addition, the authors found a greater drop in the incidence of prediabetes. They also noted that no patient experienced any adverse side effects. For the main author, Min Zhang, acupuncture may be an effective alternative to prevent diabetes.
“Preventing prediabetes from turning into type 2 diabetes”
If she welcomes these positive results, Min Zhang wishes to highlight the problems of this disease. “Many people with prediabetes have no symptoms and feel fine, but some patients progress through the diabetes period no more than 6 months after their prediabetes diagnosis. In reality, intervention for prediabetes is more of an investment than “an expense. We need to do more research on acupuncture and diabetes because we need to find more ways to prevent prediabetes from turning into type 2 diabetes,” she adds.