Exercise for Type 2 Diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes is a progressive condition where the body becomes resistant to the normal effects of insulin and/or gradually loses the capacity to produce enough insulin in the pancreas.

If left undiagnosed or poorly managed, diabetes can lead to stroke, limb amputations, kidney failure, visual impairments and coronary heart disease. We do not know exactly what causes Type 2 Diabetes however, it is associated with modifiable lifestyle risk factors and also has strong genetic and family related risk factors.

While there is currently no cure for Type 2 Diabetes, the condition can be managed through lifestyle modifications and medication.

What Exercise Physiologists do for Type 2 Diabetes

For a person with Type 2 Diabetes, an Exercise Physiologist can help:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease
  • Reduce stress

What to Expect

An Individual Diabetes 1:1 Assessment consists of the following:

  • Comprehensive Subjective History: Date of Diagnosis, Medications, Co- Morbidities, Symptoms/Limitations, Goals
  • Biometric Measurements: Blood Pressure, Resting Heart Rate, Waist/Hip Circumference, Height, Weight

It may also include Objective Assessments, which can consist of (but not limited to):

  • Aerobic Fitness Tests (3 minute Step Test, 6 minute walk test, 8 minute treadmill test)
  • Strength Tests (30 Second Sit to Stand, 30 Second Arm Curl, Grip Strength)
  • Balance Tests (Timed up and Go, Berg Balance Test)
  • Flexibility Tests (Back Scratch, Weight Baring Lunge Test, Sit and Reach)

Once an assessment is complete your Exercise Physiologist will then prepare an appropriate individualised exercise program for you to then undertake in a Gym class under the Exercise Physiologist’s supervision.

Additional advice and monitoring can be undertaken, including:

  • Exercise Prescription
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Food labels and recipe modification
  • Healthy Lifestyle modification strategies

How to Book

To book with any of our experienced & qualified allied health staff, you can:

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