Group Type 2 Diabetes Exercise and Education
An Exercise Physiologist is an important team member to form part of your diabetes management. They are one of the only unique health professional who can provide both exercise interventions alongside diabetes education to help manage your condition.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition characterised by varying levels of insulin resistance causing raised blood glucose levels. The long term effects of raised blood glucose include vascular and nerve damage primarily affecting the eyes leading to blindness, kidneys leading to renal failure and other vital bodily functions.
While there is currently no cure for Type 2 diabetes, exercise can improve the way our muscles respond to insulin. Exercise can help regulate blood glucose levels for some hours post exercise. This is because exercise increases glucose uptake by the muscles in ways that do not depend on insulin. In addition, exercise can lower the dose of insulin required by improving the body’s response to insulin.