Here at Compass Physio we see a lot of clients with Diabetes and in particular Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a manageable condition but can predispose people to other issues. Simple lifestyle checks like following a healthy lifestyle – eating well, keeping weight under control and completing at least 150 minutes of exercise per week – can help to reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. These practices can also help a person who already has diabetes improve their diagnosis and quality of life.
- There are around 250,000 people in Ireland living with Diabetes.
- Over 40% of people in Ireland are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
- It is possible to reverse the effects of diabetes through diet, weight loss and exercise.
How does Diabetes affect your body?
Diabetes is a disease which affects the glucose (blood sugar) in our body. Glucose is our main energy source and comes from the food we eat. A hormone made by the pancreas, helps to convert the sugars in food to the glucose energy we need to function. This hormone called is called insulin. In diabetes, something goes wrong at this point and we do not produce the right insulin required to convert the food to energy.
Early signs and symptoms of diabetes Increased thirst Frequent need to urinate Fatigue Blurred vision Poor healing of cuts and wounds Tingling and numbness in the hands or feet Balance difficulties Patches of dark skin Itching and frequent yeast infections
Here at Compass Physio we are huge advocates of regular consistent exercise be that a walk, cycle or swim, once you are on the move
How exercise can help fight diabetes
Exercises helps to lower blood pressure Exercise will improve body metabolism and weight control Strength train at least twice a week will improve blood sugar control Energy levels will improve with regular exercise Our moods improve when we exercise Regular workouts have been shown to improve sleep quantity and quality
Here at Compass Physio
If you are diabetic or suspect you may be at risk of developing diabetes be sure to talk to us here at Compass Physio or with your GP.
A Doctors guidance on the management of Diabetes is the most important first step.
Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes does change your life, but making small changes to your routine can make a huge difference in your health.
Physiotherapy will help to guide you and allow you to build up your strength and endurance over time. With the guidance of a chartered physiotherapist you will be able to work on improving strength, balance, energy levels and your overall quality of life.
To find out how Compass Physio can help, call 046 954 9456 (this number covers all clinics), click here to book online.
You can also email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Paddy Mulligan MISCP Chartered Physiotherapist Compass Physio