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Red Light Therapy for Diabetics

Light therapy has been in used for treating different ailments and other beneficial effects for over 50 years now. Light is both energy and matter. And the tiny particles of matter that constitutes light called photons are what is used healing. There are different light therapies that are available which essentially depend on the wavelength of the light used and applied for different purposes because different proteins in the human body absorb and react to different wavelengths. The photons absorb by the body tissues are transformed into Adenosine Triphosphate or ATP, which is a type of energy cells use to fuel cellular metabolism such as the synthesis of DNA & RNA. The same energy is used for repairing or regenerating cells by facilitating cell reproduction and healing.

The red light therapy primarily used a visible infrared red light which was discovered by NASA. This is principally used as an non invasive anti-aging cosmetic treatment particularly for reducing wrinkles caused by sun damage as well as skin problems like pimples or acne. The red light is able to penetrate skin tissues and can help in treating surface wounds and scars.

Although still lacking medical research verification, some patients claim chromatotherapy (colored light therapy) particularly red light therapy can be used to treat various conditions that relates to diabetes. It does not treat diabetes per se but helps ease or alleviate other symptoms of ill effects of diabetes. In particular, it helps ease diabetic neuropathy or nerve problems in body extremities caused by diabetes. Applying red light therapy to an infected toe, hand, or knee for instance can help stimulate blood circulation and remove the typical tingling sensation that diabetic patients experience. Accordingly, red light therapy is also beneficial and effective in treating lumps as well as assuaging pain caused by diabetic neuropathy.

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