DIABETES mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications. Acute complications can include diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state, or death. Serious long-term complications include cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes.
Diabetes is due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin, or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced. There are three main types of diabetes mellitus:
Type 1 DM results from the pancreas’ failure to produce enough insulin due to loss of beta cells. This form was previously referred to as “insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” (IDDM) or “juvenile diabetes”. The cause is unknown.
Type 2 DM begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly. As the disease progresses a lack of insulin may also develop. This form was previously referred to as “non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus” (NIDDM) or “adult-onset diabetes”. The most common cause is excessive body weight and insufficient exercise. Gestational diabetes is the third main form and occurs when pregnant women without a previous history of diabetes develop high blood sugar levels.
Prevention and treatment involved maintaining a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, a normal body weight, and avoiding use of tobacco. Control of blood pressure and maintaining proper foot care are important for people with the disease. In a reticent study the following was assessed using the Erchonia Non-Thermal Low-Level Laser with effective electromagnetic energy transfer.
140 patients, all classed as pre diabetic due to their weight and the presence of increased blood sugars on three consecutive fasting tests over three weeks.
The average BMI in the active group was 40, the average height was 5’9” or 176cm, and the average age was 51.
All patients were referred into the study. The control group after randomisation had an average BMI of 41, average height was 59.5″ or 177 cm, and the average age was 49.
Participants received 40 laser treatments over 10 weeks. The target area was the tummy, and the anterolateral flanks. Each treatment lasted 40 minutes with 20minutes per area treated and a five-minute rest period between applications. Patients in both groups were also put on a mild ketogenic diet and overseen by a dietitian. Normal research protocols applied.
Diabetes is a growing problem across all ages and peoples, the aim of research is to find an intervention that has the potential to reverse or effect outcomes. The ideal is something that works without a surgical intervention to reduce and manage the weight gain associated with diabetes.
It is possible to conclude that Non Thermal Low-Level Laser is not only effective in reducing the risk of diabetes in pre diabetes patients, but is an effective solution in the management of the condition generally.
There are 490 million people with diabetes worldwide. In 2011 this was 411million according to the WHO.