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Type 1 Diabetes Management

grandmother and granddaughterIn those with type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system destroys the pancreatic cells that produce insulin, resulting in a deficiency. Insulin is the hormone that is responsible for decreasing blood sugar (glucose). Though the triggers for this disease process are largely unknown, it is important to control your blood sugars to prevent complications such as

  • A change in pain sensation
  • A greater risk of heart disease
  • A loss of muscle balance and control
  • Kidney disease and failure
  • Sight problems or possible blindness

Finding Treatment Options to Suit You

At Complete Care Health, our practitioners may be able to assist you in managing your type 1 diabetes through our many solutions. Particularly for people with increased risk factors such as early disease onset, family history of complications, high blood cholesterol and pressure, smoking, obesity or a sedentary lifestyle, staying active is paramount.

People with type 1 diabetes may have a more difficult time controlling blood glucose levels than those with type 2. Regular exercise, however, may be beneficial for both groups:

  • Boosts your overall life quality
  • Cuts the risk of cardiovascular problems
  • Decreases risks of complications related to diabetes
  • Diminishes the amount of insulin you require
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Boosts the way insulin works within the body
  • Reduces any symptoms of depression you’re experiencing


How does exercise benefit my body?

It is, unfortunately, not possible to reverse the damage done to the cells of the pancreas. There are other ways exercise positively affects your body’s function:

  • Decreasing the insulin dose required by improving your insulin response
  • Increasing the glucose uptake in the muscles without depending on insulin
  • Regulating blood glucose by improving the muscles’ response to insulin

Exercise can be thought of as a polypill that may help improve your physical, mental and clinical fitness.

Should I be doing a particular type of exercise?

If you do not have any diabetic complications, you can likely participate in most types of physical activities. Aerobic exercise will boost the fitness of your heart and lungs. Resistance training involves maintaining the strength of your bones and muscles.

Book Your Appointment

We have therapists at Complete Care Health that can co-manage your case with your other healthcare practitioners. Contact one of our three locations today for advice or to schedule your appointment!


Type 1 Diabetes Management in Perth WA | (08) 9204 1010