Physical Therapy In The Management of Diabetes

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Oct 07

Physical Therapy In The Management Of Diabetes

If you or someone you love is at risk for developing diabetes, is prediabetic, or has either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you may be interested to know the role that physical therapy can play in the management of diabetes.

Whether type 1 or type 2, diabetes is a condition that causes the levels of glucose in the blood to be high. High blood glucose can lead to a number of health problems.

A physical therapist can help you manage prediabetes or diabetes in many different ways. A physical therapist can not only help treat physical complications that can come as a result from diabetes, but most importantly can help you to prevent your current condition from becoming worse if you have been diagnosed as prediabetic or diabetic.

Exercise is an effective preventative measure towards diabetes and can also help in the treatment of it as well.

Physical Therapy In The Management Of Diabetes

Physical therapists can guide you away from a sedentary lifestyle as well as teach you how to safely introduce physical activity and exercise into your life. Both of these things will help in managing your condition.

[Related article: How To Start Up and Stick To An Exercise Program]

A treatment plan can move towards the approach of preventing diabetes from worsening and also prevent health complications due to diabetes. A physical therapist is an expert when it comes to health and human movement and their knowledge can help you learn to exercise safely to improve your condition, be able to perform regular day to day activities, and/or combat any pain you may be experiencing from the impact diabetes has on your body. It is possible that the levels of glucose in your blood can also be reduced from your treatment program.

Individuals with prediabetes would benefit from the work of a physical therapist. Prediabetes can be reversed or prevented from turning into diabetes through a healthy diet, exercise, sufficient physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight. A physical therapist can help those with prediabetes develop a program that will help prevent it from turning worse.

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If any physical complications have arose due to diabetes, such as wounds that heal slowly, you may also benefit from working with a physical therapist. Physical therapy treatments can also help to heal wounds faster than without treatment.

Now that you know more about physical therapy in the management of diabetes…

…if you or someone you know has diabetes, you may benefit from working with a physical therapist. To see what physical therapy can do for you, contact us today.


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