Medical Research

Acupuncture: is it effective for treatment of insulin resistance?

Kristen Sparrow • December 06, 2010

Acupuncture: is it effective for treatment of insulin resistance?
Diabetes Obes Metab. 2010 Jul;12(7):555-69.
Liang F, Koya D.Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Kanazawa Medical University, Ishikawa, Japan.
This study out of Japan looks at the literature concerning acupuncture and conditions related to Insulin Resistance and concludes that acupuncture might very well improve insulin sensitivity, though, of course, calls for better, controlled, studies. This review analyses 234 English publications listed on the PubMed database between 1979 and 2009 on the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for IR.
A few quotes

“Insulin resistance (IR) is closely associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), hypertension, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), non-alcohol fatty liver diseases (NAFLD) and metabolic syndrome and is also a risk factor for serious diseases such as cardiovascular diseases. Pharmacological treatments available for IR are limited by drug adverse effects.”

” Numerous experimental studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can correct various metabolic disorders such as hyperglycemia, overweight, hyperphagia, hyperlipidemia, inflammation, altered activity of the sympathetic nervous system and insulin signal defect, all of which contribute to the development of IR. In addition, acupuncture has the potential to improve insulin sensitivity.”

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