How to Manage Diabetes with Kieser Strength Training
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.
Exercisein 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.
Kieser Exercise Physioloigist, Hugh Degaris, recommends:
- Monitoring your daily nutrition intake and always refering to the Australian Healthy Eating Guidelines
- For Kieser clients, using the A3, B6, F3/F3.1 and F2/F2.1 to maintain strength
- Getting 8 hours of sleep every night
- Being more active within everyday life. For example, parking further away from work and taking the stairs where you can
- Being more self aware about how you physically and psychologically feel and to adjust where needed
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 strength training.
For more information and in depth information on diabetes, we recommend visiting the Diabetes Australia website.
If you need a 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 clinic near you.