Diabetes is a chronic condition affecting people of all ages and walks of life. It imposes a significant burden on the Australian community. The disease can cause a number of long term complications, resulting in disability, reduced quality of life, and premature death. Exercise plays an important role in diabetes. Physiotherapists are experts in exercise prescription for people with chronic illnesses and are therefore able to provide advice on physical activity and promote self-management practices. Physiotherapists also assist with the management of complications associated with diabetes.
Exercise and Diabetes
Everybody benefits from regular exercise. In diabetes it plays an important role in keeping you healthy. The use of exercise in managing diabetes is well documented. How exercise can help:
- insulin to work better which will improve your diabetes control
- to control your weight
- lower your blood pressure
- reduce your risk of heart disease
- reduce stress
If you suffer from diabetes and want to learn more about how exercise can help you, it is important that you have your condition assessed by a physiotherapist.