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National Diabetes Week 12-18th July 2020

This week is National Diabetes Week in Australia.

There are over 500 000 Australians living with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes with 640 children and adults admitted to the hospital because the symptoms of type 1 diabetes have been missed.

It's important to understand the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the pancreas is unable to produce insulin. If left untreated this can often be fatal.

Type 2 Diabetes, on the other hand, is primarily lifestyle-induced and can often be managed through diet and exercise.

Exercise, strength training in particular, can be beneficial in the treatment of type 2 diabetes by improving the body's ability to use insulin and process glucose. This happens because of:

  • Increases in lean muscle mass

  • Improved ability of muscles to store glucose 

  • Decreases in body fat to muscle ratio

Here are our recommendations:

  • Minimum of 2 strength training sessions per week 

  • Minimum of 20 minutes and a maximum of 60 minutes per session 

  • Full-body exercises (both upper and lower body) in all sessions 

  • Minimum of 10000 steps per day 

If you are overweight or if you are living with diabetes you may want to consider starting a regular exercise regime.

Our Exercise Physiologists will be able to assist you with this, PLUS you may be eligible for our FREE Diabetes Program where you can access regular exercise sessions with our Exercise Physiologists.

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