Noninvasive Therapies for Diabetic Complications

Noninvasive Therapies for Diabetic Complications

Julian Whitaker, MD

Therapy Mechanisms and Benefits
Chelation Therapy Chelation is an intravenous therapy that binds to metal ions in the blood, carrying them to the kidneys where they are excreted in the urine. Used for heavy metal poisoning, chelation also improves circulation, which helps alleviate symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and heart disease.
Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) EECP increases blood flow to the extremities and reduces symptoms of heart disease and neuropathy. During 35 one-hour sessions, pressurized cuffs are placed around the lower extremities. With each beat of the heart, the cuffs contract, squeezing blood up toward the heart and throughout the body, increasing circulation.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) HBOT is administered in a specially designed, pressurized chamber. When 100 percent oxygen is inhaled in this environment, it is easily absorbed, even in areas where blood supply is limited. This infusion helps boost circulation and improves a wide number of conditions, including diabetic neuropathy.
Infrared Light Therapy Infrared light therapy delivers special wavelengths of light through the skin to the affected tissues, increasing the production of nitric oxide (a signaling molecule in short supply in diabetics). This painless procedure enhances blood flow, improves circulation, and has restored sensation in 93 percent of patients in eight separate clinical trials.

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