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The number of people with diabetes in America is on the rise and so it is important to know about how physical therapy and diabetes management go hand in hand. If you or someone in your family is diabetic or pre-diabetic...
The number of people with diabetes in America is on the rise and so it is important to know about how physical therapy and diabetes management go hand in hand. If you or someone in your family is diabetic or pre-diabetic knowing the options you have available to help manage the disease or prevent it from getting worse can open up new options for your health and your life.
Diabetes happens when your body interacts incorrectly with insulin in one of two ways. Either your body does not produce enough, or the other cells in your body do not react to insulin in the way that they should.
When this happens, your body is not able to use blood sugar for energy as it needs to. Instead, the blood sugar builds up in your bloodstream. This can lead to many other issues and complications with your health.
There are three types of diabetes:
For type 2 diabetes, many of the causes are linked to lifestyle factors, so it is considered a lifestyle disease. This is seen not only in adults that live a sedentary lifestyle, but also in kids that are not as active as they should be. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, a physical therapist can help.
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A physical therapist works to address the physical problems associated with this disease. A physical therapist can help you manage it, help improve this condition if it is not too late, and most importantly, prevent it from getting worse.
Because of this, physical therapy and diabetes management efforts will focus on guiding you through regular physical activity. It is important to monitor blood sugar before, during, and after exercise.
It is recommended that exercise include a combination of aerobic activities and resistance training. A sample program may include aerobic exercise three to five days per week along with resistance training at two to three days per week.
A physical therapist can guide you safely through a program that is tailored specifically for your health needs and goals.
A physical therapist is an important member of your diabetes healthcare team. He or she can help you experience the many benefits of physical therapy for diabetes management, including:
Performance of normal daily activities
Exercise safely and effectively
Possibly help blood glucose levels to go down
Improve strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination, and balance
Faster healing of wounds and sores (slow healing sores and wounds is a sign of diabetes)
If you have type 2 or gestational diabetes, it is important to manage the condition with a combination of exercise, good eating habits, keeping weight down, and monitoring your blood sugar as your doctor recommends.
…if you are ready to experience the benefits of physical therapy and diabetes management, call us today. A physical therapist can help you to prevent your condition from getting worse, and help you start living a better quality of life despite this condition.