Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition which occurs when the body loses its ability to regulate how much sugar is in the bloodstream. It loses this ability when the body becomes insensitive to insulin. Insulin is a chemical the body produces to control how much sugar is in the bloodstream. It is important to be able to control how much sugar is in the bloodstream as it impacts on your energy levels and overall health.
If your blood sugar levels are too high for too long, it corrodes and damages your arteries and nerves. This can feel like numbness in the feet and fingers. It is important to prevent the progression of diabetes as it impairs your body’s ability to heal itself which can cause serious issues later in life.
Diabetes Affects 1 in 10 people worldwide, the good news is, if you seek treatment diabetes can be controlled.
One thing needs to happen: increase your body’s sensitivity to insulin to control your blood sugar!
To do this you need to:
- Remove sugary based foods which spike your blood sugar
- Effectively medicated
- Physiotherapy/Exercise Physiology exercise program
As a Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist, I effectively treat multiple people with diabetes. Depending on what you do when you are diagnosed really dictates how much this condition affects you. I have spoken to many patients who didn’t realise that losing control of your blood sugar level can lead to the loss of limbs, all of which can be prevented.
Implementing a Physiotherapy/EP exercise program helps:
- Reduce your body weight
- Increase your sensitivity to insulin
- Gain control of blood sugar levels
- Minimise how much diabetes affects your life.