The Benefits of Massage for Diabetes

| 5/10/2016 9:10:00 AM

Tags: Massage, Diabetes, Acupressure, Blood Sugar, Karyn Wofford,

Massage is seen as a luxury we participate in during vacation or on a special occasion. However, according to Allied Health Schools,  massage dates all the way back to 2700 BC and was originally used in medicine.

My husband and I book a couple’s massage about twice a year. Being that I am a type 1 diabetic, I couldn’t help but notice that my blood sugar was usually lower after a session. At first, I believed it to be coincidence, but decided to pay closer attention the next time. When my blood sugar dropped 54 points after a 60 minute, deep tissue massage, I was fascinated and began to read into it.

woman getting a massage
Photo by Fotolia/Rido.

10 Benefits of Massage for Diabetics

1. Medline states that massage controls and reduces the stress hormone, cortisol, which diabetics tend to have an excess of. Cortisol raises blood sugar and decreases insulin sensitivity, and massage counteracts this.

2. In the same Medline study, type 1 diabetic children were given daily, full body massages by their parents. The average blood sugar numbers decreased from 158 mg/dl to 118 mg/dl (that’s milligrams of sugar per deciliter of blood if you’re lucky enough to not be familiar with diabetes!)

3. Depression is highly prevalent among diabetics, so the relaxing nature of massage and acupressure can significantly reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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