Type 2 Diabetes


Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is one of the leading causes of death and decreased quality of life in Australia. 1 in 20 Australians are currently diagnosed with T2DM and an additional 125 people are diagnosed with T2DM every day! T2DM is largely preventable and can be managed effectively with the right approach.

What is T2DM:

T2DM is a chronic condition where there is too much glucose in the blood. Typically, our body produces a hormone called insulin that stores glucose in our body to use as fuel when required. With T2DM, the body becomes resistant to insulin and gradually loses the ability to produce enough insulin in the pancreas, leading to increased blood sugar levels.

Diabetes increases the risk of health complications and is frequently associated with other chronic health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease.

The likelihood of developing T2DM is increased by both modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. Some non-modifiable risk factors include gender, age, and family history. Modifiable risk factors include poor diet, insufficient physical activity, and smoking.

Exercise and T2DM:

Research indicates that exercise is a key factor in preventing and managing diabetes.  Exercise assists by controlling blood sugar levels, increasing insulin sensitivity, and managing weight. A combination of aerobic and resistance exercise is important to improve cardiovascular health and increase muscle mass, increasing the body’s ability to effectively utilise its insulin.

Structured interventions combining physical activity and modest weight loss have been shown to lower type 2 diabetes risk by up to 58% in high-risk populations.

If you’re looking for assistance with managing Type 2 Diabetes get in touch with our mobile allied health team today!

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