With approximately 1.7 million Australians living with diabetes, at least 85-90 percent of those live with type 2 diabetes. (That’s 1.5 million Australians!)
Type 2 diabetes results from genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors, where the cells in the pancreas required for controlling blood sugar levels are damaged or impaired. Type 2 diabetes can run in the family, especially if people share some of the risk factors of the disease, such as obesity, inactivity, poor diet and high blood pressure.
However, exercise has been proven to be successful in the maintenance of type 2 diabetes. It is also prescribed by a health professional (IE: Exercise Physiologist) as a treatment method for the disease.
Exercise can help by:
- Helping muscles respond better to insulin to regulate blood glucose levels allowing the body to use glucose more efficiently as insulin resistance decreases with exercise.
- Maintaining a healthy weight- obesity or being overweight is one of the main risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes.
- Controlling blood glucose levels which is extremely important in terms of preventing long term complications associated with type 2 diabetes such as neuropathy, amputations, foot ulcers, kidney disease and retinopathy.
- Decreasing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease- those with type 2 diabetes are at two to four times more likely to have heart disease or suffer a stroke than those without the disease.
Please note: Before starting an exercise program, please consult a GP for a medical clearance and an Exercise Physiologist or other allied health professional for a pre-screening assessment.
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