Type 2 Diabetes: Prevention and Management

With ever increasing sedentary time and poor lifestyle habits such as physical inactivity and unhealthy eating, the prevalence of Australians living with preventable chronic disease is on the rise.

Type 2 Diabetes is one of the leading health concerns in Australia today and is a complex condition that reduces life expectancy and have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life. Main risk factors include a family history, being over 55 years of age, overweight, and high blood pressure.

Due to the asymptomatic nature of the condition in its early stages, diabetes goes relatively unnoticed. However, if not treated or managed, diabetes can lead to:

  • Blindness
  • Foot ulcers
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney failure

Despite the severity, those who take action to manage their diabetes greatly reduce their risk of these events.

Some of the best ways to manage your diabetes is through:

  • Exercise: Helps improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood glucose levels.

It is recommended to get at least 150-300mins/week of aerobic activity at a moderate intensity and strength training 2-3x/week.

  • Healthy eating: Planning what you eat and when you eat has a great impact on your blood sugar levels and is essential in managing your diabetes.
  • Medication: In adjunct to lifestyle changes, medication is often prescribed by your doctor to assist in keeping your blood sugar levels in the target range.

If you have high blood glucose, pre-diabetes or have already been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, our Exercise Physiologist Amelia can equip you on how to exercise safely to help prevent or manage your condition.

Take Action for your health today.

 

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