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 [...]