What is Type 2 Diabetes?
It is a metabolic disorder in which the cells of the body become resistant to insulin and/or the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin.
Can physiotherapy help people with Type Two Diabetes?
Yes. Physiotherapists use exercise programs as an effective treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes and it has been proven that regular physical activity prescribed by a Physiotherapist is crucial to in sustaining low blood sugar levels and improving insulin sensitivity.
What are the causes of Type 2 Diabetes?
It is caused by an impaired pancreatic beta-cell. There are associated risk factors which could lead to type 2 diabetes. They are:
Being older than 55
Being overweight or obese
Weight stored around the waist rather than the hips
Having family history of diabetes
Having polycystic ovary syndrome
Having had gestational diabetes while pregnant or having given birth to a baby that weighed more than 4.5 kg
Having pre-diabetes – blood glucose levels that are slightly raised but not high enough to diagnose diabetes
What are the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes?
An increased thirst
Passing more urine than normal
Constantly feeling lethargic
Sudden unexplained weight loss
Itching around the genitalia or frequent occurrences of thrush
Slow healing cuts and wounds
Blurred vision due to the lens of the eye becoming dry
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