Common Chronic Diseases

1. What is diabetes?
Diabetes is caused by a lack of insulin production and secretion by the pancreas or a lack of response to insulin such that the sugar in the blood stream cannot be utilized. Consequently, blood sugar becomes elevated and glucose is excreted into urine. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to the development of life-threatening complications, both acute and chronic.

2. Treating and Managing Diabetes
An unhealthy lifestyle, particularly in regards to diet, is one of the leading causes of diabetes. A healthy lifestyle, including a well-balanced diet and adequate exercise, can significantly reduce the risks of and even prevent many of the leading causes of death in contemporary life (diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, malignant tumors, and obesity). Because blood sugar level is closely associated with diet, diet is the foundation and basis for managing diabetes. Following this, exercise has the greatest impact on managing diabetes. Managing diet and exercise in conjunction with acupuncture treatment and herbal medicine can lead to significant improvements in both treating diabetes and maintaining overall health.