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Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease wherein the body’s cells are unable to respond properly to insulin. Often, this may lead to higher levels of blood glucose, called hyperglycemia. At Complete Care Chiropractic, our healthcare practitioners offer natural solutions that may help you manage your type 2 diabetes, particularly exercise. It’s also important to monitor your blood glucose levels with oversight by your GP.

FAQ

How can exercise help manage my type 2 diabetes?

Elevated levels of physical activity may help you in controlling your blood glucose levels. As you age, exercise can help you maintain your muscle mass, improving your physical function and chances at remaining independent. The benefits of exercise may include

  • Decreasing body fat percentage
  • Lowering your heart disease risk
  • Increasing heart and lung fitness
  • Improving the control of your blood glucose
  • Preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes

Is exercise safe if you have type 2 diabetes?

There may be some risks involved with physical activity for people with type 2 diabetes. There are also risks, however, if you do not exercise. You should keep some factors in mind before embarking on an exercise program:

Cardiac event risk. If you want to exercise vigorously, are of an older age or have cardiovascular disease, you should be screened by a medical professional before beginning.

High blood pressure. Though exercise may reduce hypertension, if you have poorly controlled blood pressure, you may need to avoid any vigorous exercise.

Low blood glucose. You can consult with your healthcare professional before starting a program to discuss medications and monitoring your blood glucose.

Obesity. If you are overweight and have type 2 diabetes, any loss in weight may help reduce any discomfort or joint pain while exercising.

Peripheral neuropathy. Regular foot inspection, low-impact exercise and appropriate footwear are essential if you have this condition and are advised for all people with type 2 diabetes.

How can you monitor the effects of exercise on type 2 diabetes?

Your blood glucose levels can be measured before, during and after physical activity. You should monitor these levels on your own, as well as have regular oversight through your GP.

The Complete Care Chiropractic team is here to provide advice, help or treatment. Contact one of our three locations today to get started!

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