July Newsletter – National Diabetes Week 8 -14th July

Did you know that exercise not only reduces your risk of diabetes by up to 60% but also plays a vital role in the management of the condition?

Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus – T1DM
In T1DM the body is unable to produce insulin due to compromised cells in the pancreas. This results in elevated blood glucose levels (BGL), as the body without insulin is unable to absorb and use the glucose for energy.

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus – T2DM
T2DM is often known as lifestyle diabetes, and is a permanent health condition that occurs as a result of sustained elevated blood glucose (sugar) levels. Over time the body becomes increasingly glucose intolerant as the body is not able to produce sufficient amounts of insulin to regulate blood glucose levels.

Some things to know about diabetes:

Excess weight and sedentary lifestyle are two of the main risk factors for T2DM. Over 80% of people diagnosed are considered to be overweight or obese.

Abdominal weight dramatically increases your risk of diabetes. Weight held around the midsection is a major risk factor and can impact on the function of your vital organs. The highest risk occurs when waist circumference is over 94cm for males and 88cm for females.

Diabetes can lead to complications and further chronic conditions. Both type 1 and 2 diabetes increases one’s risk of developing further complications and/or conditions. This can be reduced with correctly prescribed exercise.

Lifestyle modification can be just as effective as medication. Studies show that diet and exercise interventions can work just as well as some common medications. It is also important to note that while taking medication, exercise is still required to manage BGLs.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) are expertly trained to help manage diabetes. AEPs are the peak allied health professional to prescribe exercise for diabetes and other chronic conditions. An AEP will be able to tailor an individual management plan, by completing a thorough assessment, including medical history, medications, and necessary GP correspondence.

At Motion Health we have Exercise Physiologist’s who can help you mange your diabetes, whether through 1:1 sessions, group classes or as part of our type 2 diabetes management group. You may even be eligible for a Medicare rebate or rebate through your private health.