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As of 2010, an estimated 285 million people worldwide had Diabetes, with its occurrence increasing rapidly and experts estimating this number to double by 2030. 
Diabetes, known medically as Diabetes Mellitus, is a condition in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because the body does not produce enough insulin to metabolize the glucose, produces no insulin, or has cells that do not respond properly to the insulin that is produced. 
Glucose cannot enter our cells without insulin being present - insulin makes it possible for our cells to take in the glucose. So, even though the blood has plenty of glucose, the cells are not getting it due to the insufficient production of insulin, or the inability of the cells to use the insulin. 
Glucose is vital to your health because it's an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues, as well as your brain's main source of fuel.  When your cells do not get glucose, you are essentially starved for energy, resulting in Fatigue and Stress.  While the excess blood glucose eventually gets discarded as waste, causing frequent urination and excessive thirst.
Over time, all of this can lead to serious health problems by causing damage at the cellular level.  Cells especially prone to damage are in the eyes, kidney, heart, blood vessels and nervous system.
The diabetic becomes more vulnerable to retinopathy and neuropathy, as well as kidney and heart disease. The Connective Tissue of the Body is prone to thickening and stiffening of the fascia surrounding the muscles and organs.

Many Different People Affected by Diabetes
Symptoms of Diabetes

Swedish Massage can have a cumulative positive effect on the symptoms of diabetes by:

  • Helping insulin absorption and regulation of glucose levels
  • Enhancing relaxation and sense of well-being
  • Increasing blood and lymph circulation
  • Normalizing function in feet and hands caused by Neuropathy
  • Increasing mobility and flexibility

Researchers at Duke Medical University have confirmed that stress management can lower blood glucose levels.  A Touch Research Institute study demonstrated that massage therapy lowers blood glucose levels in children with Diabetes.
A study at New Mexico University showed that a short stress-relief program including touch could lower blood sugar and improve health in diabetic patients.  When Stress Levels are reduced and Relaxation occurs during a Massage, Glucose levels have been measured to drop an average of 20-40 points.
With the release of endorphins, the nervous system calms, there is a reduction of stress hormones and the diabetic client can find a homeostasis with their blood sugar levels.
Circulation is often impaired in diabetics due to the damaging effects of elevated blood sugar levels on the cells of the body.  Improved circulation, in turn, improves the cells' insulin uptake.
Massage helps to increase tissue mobility and elasticity by reversing the thickening/stiffening effect in the muscles, tendons and ligaments, as well as decreased range of motion in the joints, caused by high glucose levels.  The release of Endorphins caused by Relaxation during Massage also reduces Stress hormones, which can contribute to chemical changes in the connective tissue, causing a stickiness between the layers of fascia.
With all these Benefits, Swedish Massage is a Significant Addition to other lifestyle and medical management activities like nutrition, exercise, oral medicines, insulin, and blood glucose monitoring.

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References: |Massage Therapy| |AMTA| |Diabetes Self Management| |Center for Biotechnology|
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