Type 2 diabetes is sometimes described as a 'lifestyle disease' It is strongly associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or excess weight.
Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to convert sugar in the blood to energy. This process is controlled by a hormone in the body called insulin, which acts like a door, letting blood glucose into the cells where it can be used, or stored for later. Insulin helps our body to balance our glucose and energy levels so that we can function normally.
In Diabetics, the cells in the body become resistant to insulin, meaning more is required to 'open the door' to the cell, resulting in raised blood glucose levels. Over time the increased glucose in the blood can damage the body's cells resulting in health issues such as; heart attack and stroke, blindness, kidney damage and loss of sensation in the feet and hands.
It is estimated that 1.7 million Australians have diabetes but almost half of these people are unaware they have the condition. Another 1.5 million Australians are thought to have pre-diabetes which means they have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Exercise improves a person's ability to control the glucose levels in their blood and decreases the cells resistance to insulin.
Getting regular exercise has so many benefits, it can assist in the management of specific health conditions, but it can also help lift mood, increase energy and improve sleep.
Knowing that exercise is good for your health and well being and putting it into practice though are two completely separate things. Whether it's finding the time, knowing the 'what, when, and how to' or aches and pains or injury that maybe preventing you from enjoying the benefits of regular physical activity, Advantage Healthcare and Physiotherapy's Exercise Physiologist can help.