The sugar rush of Halloween is still fresh in our minds, so it’s a perfect time of year to raise awareness for diabetes. November 14th marks World Diabetes Day, the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign.
Diabetes is a condition where your body has an insufficient amount of insulin or inefficiency in using the insulin to help manage your blood sugar levels. The pancreas produces the hormone that releases sugar into your muscles and cells for energy, but without sufficient insulin, the sugars remain in your blood.
According to Diabetes Ireland, they estimate 225,840 people in Ireland are living with this condition. The organisation also states, “there are a further 304,382 people age 30 – 39 years old that do not get in the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week and are overweight. This group is at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes and other health complications.
Depending on the type that you have, there are many treatments available for diabetes. But regular exercise is both on the list for prevention and treatment.
Exercise helps you control diabetes and is an essential part of a treatment plan. When you exercise your body uses energy from glucose, so this will naturally lower your blood sugar levels. Medication treatments will have a higher impact on you if it’s paired with regular exercise.
Type 2 diabetes is something that is developed when a person is an adult and progresses as they get older. One of the risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes is not getting at least 30-minutes of daily physical activity. According to World Diabetes Day, 80% of the cases of Type 2 Diabetes is preventable through the adaption of a healthy lifestyle. Introducing regular exercise to your routine and keeping your weight down decreases your chance of developing this type of diabetes.
So if you’re diabetic or want to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes, where do you start?
1. Set Realistic Goals. If you are new to exercise or it’s been awhile, talk to your doctor about the types of exercise that you should include in your diabetes treatment plan.
2. Get a Balance. There are many types of exercise, aerobic, strength training, flexibility and mobility training. It’s important that your routine includes a variety to ensure your body is getting what it needs. There are classes, like Pilates, that combine the different types of exercise to get a full body workout.
3. If you like it, you’ll stick it. Find something that you enjoy doing. This is a lifestyle change, so you’re in it for the long haul. Choose something you’ll enjoy, and you’ll be more likely to stick to your regimen.
This disease is on the rise with our scales readings and waistlines increasing. Today is an essential day to raise awareness of the disease as it impacts so many people across the world.
Get talking and get moving!