Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common ‘lifestyle’ diseases in Australia with around 1 million people suffering from the condition, and accounts for approximately 85-90% of all diabetes cases in Australia. Type 2 diabetes is considered a lifestyle disease because a lot of the risk factors for the disease such as lack of physical activity, poor diet and excessive weight can result from a person’s lifestyle.
Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body loses sensitivity to insulin which leads to elevated blood sugar levels. It can be well managed with a combination of dietary change and exercise. Exercise helps to increase the sensitivity of the muscles to insulin. Increased insulin sensitivity helps to increase the uptake of sugar from the blood into the muscles. The increased sugar uptake into the muscles helps to reduce blood sugar levels and control diabetes
At Coffs Coast Exercise Physiology we enjoy working with clients who have Type 2 diabetes, to help them get control of their condition. Often those with Type 2 diabetes do not have much experience or confidence with exercise. Hugh’s passionate in helping people find enjoyment and confidence with exercise. Importantly however, consistency is vital when it comes to using exercise to manage Type 2 diabetes. The key is to find a form of exercise you actually enjoy, then it becomes an activity you look forward to and not something that you dread. When it comes to Type 2 diabetes, the best exercise program is the one that gets done!