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Diabetes management with the help of an Exercise Physiologist

Some little-known facts that you may not have been aware of that can aid in the management of diabetes! Have you been told you need to see an Exercise Physiologist for your diabetes management? This is what you need to know!

Did you know that including exercise into a regular routine can not only help manage type 2 diabetes, but it can also help control blood glucose levels as well. If type 2 diabetes is left without intervention by a passionate practitioner who lives and breathes it, there is the chance that due to poor glycaemic control it can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular, and renal diseases.

When you see an expert, someone who is passionate about the long term management of diabetes, and getting the outcomes for their patients, you’ll finally be in the right hands so that you can get rapid, lasting changes in your quality of life.

What benefits can a diabetic expect from adding exercise to their management plan?

  • Improvement in insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Improve mood and motivation

  • Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke

  • Reduction in stress levels

  • Improved sleeping patterns

“I get frustrated with people being told they need to rely on medication for the treatment and management of Diabetes when that is not the case. There is a lot of evidence to show otherwise” If you’ve ever wanted to find out how an exercise physiologist can help you with your diabetes management then keep reading, these next few pieces of information might just change your life.

As an Exercise physiologist we apply our knowledge of the body and its systems with an aim to improve quality of life and assist with the functional capacity of our clients.

Why does exercise play a key role in the management of diabetes? Research shows exercise has been found to improve glycaemic control and physical function. Poor glycaemic control can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular, and renal diseases. Increasing cardiovascular fitness can also help to decrease any cardiovascular risk factors that you may have.

Exercise can assist in creating a change in body composition, this assures that people with diabetes maintain a healthy weight range, in turn assisting with the control of blood sugar levels. Exercise also can help improve mood and motivation, which can help with completing daily tasks.

According to the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines those that have diabetes should be completing a total of 210 minutes of moderate intensity or 125 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity per week. This should include a combination of aerobic and resistance-based exercise. Aerobic training should be included every day, and resistance training should be completed at least twice per week.


If this sounds like something you’d like to learn more about you can book in in for an initial consultation with our exercise physiologist!


Hope to see you in the clinic and get ready to smash your goals!

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