Acupuncture for T1D?

Hi all,

I'm a 29-year old (dx'd @ 16yo, using a Medtronic pump) in reasonably good control (a1c's in the high 6's/low 7's) but have various minor complaints (skin conditions, allergies, etc). So, at the recommendation of a friend, I am going to try acupuncture. Any T1's on here try it? Was it helpful for you? Any reason a T1 shouldn't do it? Thanks in advance!

Also, kind of random, but do you keep your pump on when you have it done?

I have gotten acupuncture for a number of physical conditions (my guy works mainly for pain, nerves, and joints, not organs). I did leave my pump on. I had great success with getting my frozen shoulder treated and we had some mild success with my reflux/acid production and gastroparesis. It didn't completely solve the stomach issue which is chronic, but I did get a lessening of symptoms. I can't imagine any reason why you couldn't get it unless your practitioner is unhygenic or claims he can cure you.


Acupuncture has been really helpful for my allergies (skin and outdoor/indoor), shoulder pain, and anxiety/depression. It typically lowers my blood sugars by 50 points though so keep that in mind. You might want to lower your basal a little bit and keep an eye on insulin on board, ESPECIALLY if there are any points on the abdomen being used.