It is well known in the medical community that hyperbaric oxygen is great for healing diabetic ulcers. We know that wounds of all types respond well to the extra oxygen and pressure from hyperbaric treatment. However, there is new research showing the benefit of hyperbarics on blood sugar stability in patients with diabetes.
Diabetes is a disease where the pancreas either is unable to produce insulin, or the cells have a difficult time responding to insulin and thus sugar builds up in the blood. This excess sugar can lead to blindness, inflammation, heart disease, high blood pressure and wounds that won’t heal. So, keeping blood sugar in a normal range is very important for our overall health. A new study shows that hyperbaric oxygen helps to reduce blood sugar. It does this partially by exerting an anti-inflammatory effect on the pancreas, increasing ghrelin in the blood, and helping the liver utilize growth hormone better.
Stabilizing blood sugar is a complex interaction between cells, pancreas, and liver, and we are now seeing that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help in multiple ways. If you are having trouble getting your blood sugar stabilized, whether you are Type 1 or Type 2, please give us a call and let us help you get back in balance.