Strength Training to Manage Type 2 Diabetes

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

There are many types of diabetes, all with similar health implications. Of these, type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent making up 85-90% of all diabetes cases.

The good news is that type 2 diabetes is the 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 to include regular exercise and healthy balanced diet we can improve our management of type 2 diabetes symptoms 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, ran by Diabetes Australia, 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 with all the added benefits of the Kieser Method of fitness training. 

For more information and in depth information on diabetes, we recommend visiting the Diabetes Australia website.

If you need a fitness program to help prevent or manage diabetes symptoms our professional team of Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists are standing by to get you started at a Kieser fitness centre near you.

 

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

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