Strength Training to Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic condition that impacts our body’s ability to regulate blood glucose levels. This can lead to serious health complications such as neuropathies or retinopathies. Therefore it is important to know how to manage diabetes safely and correctly.

There are 4 types of diabetes, all with similar health implications. Of these, type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent (85-90% of all diabetes cases) and also most preventable. Risk factors include; family history of diabetes, being over the age of 55, overweight/obesity, insufficient exercise, hypertension, poor diet etc. 

By altering our lifestyle (exercise + diet) we can improve our management of type 2 diabetes or reduce the risk of developing it. Exercise in the form of aerobic and strength training can help improve blood glucose control, maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure and improve muscle mass, all-important factors in diabetes management. The aim is for 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise per week (3-4 days) and a minimum of 2 days of strength training. 

With National Diabetes Week coming July 14th– 20th, if you or someone you know is concerned about diabetes or the risk factors associated, visit your Exercise Physiologist to discuss an exercise program that is tailored to your specific needs. 

Article written and sourced by Tom Eldred, Exercise Physiologist at Kieser Fitzroy.

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