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Exercise Physiology and Diabetes

Everybody benefits from regular exercise. If you have diabetes, or are at risk of diabetes it plays an important role in keeping you health. In Victoria, there are currently 300,000 people living with diabetes and every day, around 70 Victorians develop the condition. Diabetes Victoria offers great support groups for people living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. As Exercise Physiologists we often get asked many questions about how physical activity can help diabetes management and to dispel myths associated with being active. Below we help explain the benefits that exercise has with diabetes management and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about how and why physical activity is beneficial. What is Diabetes? Diabetes is the name given to a group of conditions in which there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose is the body’s main source of fuel or energy. High blood glucose levels can affect many parts of the body but with the right advice, technology and medication diabetes can be managed well. The different types of diabetes There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Read more about type 1 diabetes and exercise Read more about type 2 diabetes and exercise Diabetes and Exercise Starting an Exercise Program Before you start any regular exercise program it is best to see your doctor for a full medical examination and clearance. Regular activity is a key part of managing diabetes along with proper meal planning, taking medications as prescribed, and stress management. Initially you want to take it slow. If you are not used to doing much exercise you need to start off slow and then slowly build up [...]

Diabetes Support and Getting Active

Did you know that 280 Australians develop diabetes every day? Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes as well as silent, un-diagnosed type 2 diabetes. In Victoria, there are currently 300,000 people living with diabetes and every day, around 70 Victorians develop the condition. Diabetes Victoria offers great support groups for people living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. So what is Diabetes? Diabetes is the name given to a group of conditions in which there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose is the body’s main source of fuel or energy. High blood glucose levels can affect many parts of the body but with the right advice, technology and medication diabetes can be managed well. The different types of diabetes There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Read more about type 1 diabetes and exercise Read more about type 2 diabetes and exercise Diabetes Victoria - Support Groups Support groups bring together people who share common experiences, conditions, concerns, goals or interests. They offer people an opportunity to improve their quality of life through mutual support and education. They can also bring about change for themselves and the wider community. Support program is a service offered by Diabetes Victoria to facilitate and empower all members of diabetes support groups. There are both type 1 and type 2 specific peer support groups. These groups help: Provide information to members and the general public about Diabetes Victoria. Facilitate and coordinate community education forums in metropolitan Melbourne, regional and rural areas. Work with health care professionals including dietitians, podiatrists, exercise physiologists and diabetes educators to raise awareness of diabetes [...]

National Diabetes Week 2016

National Diabetes Week 2016 This year Diabetes Australia will be highlighting the tragedy of diabetes-related amputations. Every year, more than 4,400 amputations are carried out as a result of diabetes. We need to do more to reduce the impact of diabetes. Did you know that diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia, increasing at a faster rate than diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Statistics show that 1.7 million Australians have diabetes and on average 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. One of the most effective ways to prevent and treat diabetes is through regular exercise. In general terms, exercise improves the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose. It is important for people to consult their health professional to learn more about exercising safely with diabetes and to find the dose that is right for them. So what is Diabetes? Diabetes is the name given to a group of conditions in which there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose is the body’s main source of fuel or energy. High blood glucose levels can affect many parts of the body but with the right advice, technology and medication diabetes can be managed well. The different types of diabetes There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Read more about type 1 diabetes and exercise Read more about type 2 diabetes and exercise Diabetes Victoria Diabetes Victoria's 2016 campaign focuses on the message: "Diabetes won't stop me". They have launched a great website - http://www.diabeteswontstopme.org.au/ to help showcase the great work and support Diabetes Victoria does in the community. Diabetes Education Did you know you can live a long and healthy life with diabetes? Kids [...]