Diabetes occurs when the body's insulin does not work properly. Insulin is important because it helps the body convert glucose (a type of sugar) into energy. Our bodies need insulin to help control our glucose and energy levels to function normally. In people with diabetes, glucose can remain in the bloodstream, rather than being converted into energy. These raised blood glucose levels over time can lead to a range of health issues.
These health issues include:
- Heart attacks and stroke
- Eye disease
- Kidney damage
- Foot problems and amputation
The important thing to remember is that when diabetes is well managed you will feel better and reduce your risk of developing these long term complications associated with diabetes. Establishing a healthy lifestyle can help you manage your blood glucose levels and reduce this risk. This includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and achieving and maintaining a comfortable healthy weight.
The Advantage Healthcare and Physiotherapy team of diabetes experts made up of our Dietitian, Diabetes Educator, and Exercise Physiologist can help you make healthy lifestyle changes that will improve your health and wellbeing, manage your blood glucose levels, and reduce your risk of diabetes complications.
Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes; whether you have just been diagnosed or have had diabetes for a while; we can help you. We can help you develop an eating and activity plan to suit your needs and lifestyle and help you to set realistic and achievable goals to manage your diabetes.