What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to automatically regulate blood glucose levels, resulting in too much glucose (a sugar) in the blood.
Type 1 diabetes
This occurs when the pancreas cannot produce insulin because the cells that should make it have been destroyed by the body’s own immune system. This type of diabetes was formerly known as Insulin Dependant Diabetes (or juvenile diabetes).
Type 2 diabetes
Unlike those with Type 1 diabetes, people with Type 2 diabetes are always insulin resistent. This means that their pancreas is making insulin but the insulin is not working as well as it should, so it must make more. This type of diabetes was formerly known as non-insulin dependent diabetes (or mature-age onset diabetes).
Exercise and diabetes
Everybody benefits from regular exercise. In diabetes it plays an important role in keeping you healthy. The use of exercise in managing diabetes is well documented.
How exercise can help:
- insulin to work better which will improve your diabetes control
- to control your weight
- lower your blood pressure
- reduce your risk of heart disease
- reduce stress
The physiotherapists in this practice are well placed to advise you on exercise strategies that will work for you.
Physiotherapists can also assist with management of the consequences of diabetes including foot disorders and balance difficulties. Protective strategies can also be provided to prevent further damage. Through safe exercise programs, physiotherapy interventions can assist in balancing cholesterol levels and improving insulin regulation, in some patients.