Musculoskeletal Characteristics, Breathing Biomechanics, and Type 1 Diabetes

First published in February 2022 – Last edited in September 2022 by Luka Tunjic. © All rights reserved.

Musculoskeletal Characteristics, Postural Alignment, Body Mass Distribution, Breathing Biomechanics, and Type 1 Diabetes

Numerous studies show a reduction in blood glucose levels through breathing exercises. The results support the conclusion that poor breathing technique leads to abnormal blood glucose levels.

Biomechanics of breathing in Type 1 diabetes is characterised by breathing with the upper portion of the lungs.

In Type 1 diabetes, faulty breathing biomechanics is mainly reflected in breathing with the upper chest – the pancreas is mechanically understimulated.

The pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin because it is not optimally mechanically stimulated. In type 1 diabetics, their style of breathing doesn’t induce optimal mechanical stimulation on the pancreas.

Quote: “Bariatric surgery leads to significant weight loss in severely obese patients with T1D and results in a significant improvement in insulin requirements and glycemic status. ….. Short-term results of bariatric surgery in patients with T1D are encouraging, but larger and longer-term studies are needed.” … Source: American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

I didn’t have the opportunity to observe type 1 diabetics after weight loss surgery. Still, I believe that improvement in breathing biomechanics causes improvement in insulin requirements and cardiovascular risk reduction. 1) Low chest forward posture forces breathing with the upper chest. 2) After bariatric surgery, low chest forward posture (prevalent in Type 1 diabetics) is painful to maintain because of pain in the abdomen caused by bariatric surgery. Low chest forward posture will cause an increase in abdominal pain caused by bariatric surgery. 3) Improvement in body posture causes the pancreas to be less compressed. 4) Improvement in body posture enables improvement in breathing biomechanics. However, still, the patient habitually breathing biomechanics doesn’t improve enough to enable optimal work of the pancreas. a) Improvement in posture without improvement in habitually breathing biomechanics doesn’t significantly enable the Pancreas to work correctly. b) The more habitual breathing biomechanics is improved, the more Pancreas can work properly.

Below are links to the authors’ research work on Type 1 Diabetes from 2004 through 2012.

  1. Postural Profile of People with Type 1 Diabetes –
  2. Musculoskeletal Profile of Normal Weight People without and with T1D –
  3. A Link Between Occupation and Type 1 Diabetes –
  4. Weight Loss and Type 1 Diabetes –
  5. Obesity and Type 1 Diabetes –
  6. Insulin Therapy and Weight Gain –
  7. Spontaneous Remission of Type 1 Diabetes –
  8. Post-exercise Hypoglycemia –
  9. What Stimulates the Pancreas to Work Properly –
  10. Type 1 Diabetes in American Indians, Alaska Natives –
  11. Chiropractic Pioneering Research into Type 1 Diabetes –

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