Diabetes is a serious disease that can affect anyone at any age. Today, people are developing diabetes at younger ages and at higher rates. The National Diabetes Statistics Report notes that 37.3 million Americans—about 1 in 10—have diabetes. They further report that about 1 in 5 people with diabetes don't know they have it, and 96 million American adults have prediabetes. Chances are, you know someone with diabetes. It may even be you.
Some signs and symptoms of diabetes include:
Diabetes can take a severe toll on your quality of life, affecting you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Although there is currently no cure for diabetes, there are many things you can do to manage it and limit its health complications and impact on your life. You may even be able to prevent diabetes with proper care.
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas can no longer make insulin or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin produced. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose from food pass from the bloodstream into the cells, allowing the body to produce energy. Not being able to produce insulin or use it effectively leads to raised glucose in the blood and, over time, can damage the body, organs, and tissues.
Fortunately, commitment to a healthy lifestyle, including weight control, proper nutrition, regular exercise, and other lifestyle changes, can help manage diabetes. Physical activity and exercise are essential and effective ways to lower high blood glucose levels.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes, seeing a physical therapist can help you learn to manage blood sugar levels and improve your overall health. Implementation of effective interventions can delay the onset of diabetes.
How can seeing a physical therapist help? We are movement experts. We help people participate in a safe, effective exercise program, which improves the ability to move and helps lower blood glucose levels. We enhance the quality of life through hands-on care, education, and prescribed movement.
When you see one of our physical therapists, we will comprehensively evaluate your strength, flexibility, and endurance. We will measure your hemoglobin A1C, a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels. It's one of the most commonly used tests to help you and us manage your diabetes. We will customize a treatment program that addresses individual problems and needs. Your treatment will improve your motion, strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and coordination, decrease your pain levels, lower your blood glucose and A1C levels, and increase your ability to perform daily tasks.
Let us help you manage diabetes!