The diabetic population has risen drastically over the past few years. In October of 2018, the World Health Organization wrote, “The number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. The global prevalence of diabetes* among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014.”
How Physiotherapy Benefits Diabetics
Diabetes can damage the body over time, especially if it isn’t treated. One one of the best ways diabetics can keep the consequences of their disease (kidney damage, heart attack, etc.) at bay is to exercise.
Exercise helps to regulate blood glucose levels and promotes a healthy weight, both of which are vital to the health of a diabetic. Participating in a physiotherapy program is an effective way for diabetics to ensure they get the physical activity needed to maintain a healthy weight and prevent health complications. A contributor to MoveForwardPT wrote,
“(Physiotherapists) help people with diabetes participate in safe, effective exercise programs to improve their ability to move, perform daily activities, reduce their pain, and possibly lower their blood glucose levels. (Physiotherapy) treatments also can help people with diabetes heal any associated skin problems faster than they would without treatment.”
Also, a physiotherapist can work with individuals to overcome obstacles to regular exercise, such as physical disability.
Physical Activity Helps to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
It’s important to remember that regular exercise doesn’t just help diabetics treat their condition; it also prevents people from developing type 2 diabetes, which is what the majority of diabetics have. “Healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes,” stated the World Health Organization.
Just as it’s crucial for diabetics to maintain an appropriate weight to control their disease, it’s necessary for those who want to prevent type 2 diabetes to lose excess weight. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases said, “You may be able to prevent or delay diabetes by losing 5 to 7 percent of your starting weight.”
If you don’t have diabetes and want to prevent it by losing weight, a physiotherapist can help you reach your fitness goals.
Don’t Battle Diabetes Alone. A Physiotherapist Can Help
Do you have diabetes or are you at risk of developing it? Are you having trouble getting started with or sticking to an exercise routine? If so, a physiotherapist can help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a physiotherapist today.