The Role of Biokinetics in Treating Diabetes
About 6% of the population in Africa have already been diagnosed with diabetes, and there are millions more who are unaware that they have the condition or are already pre-diabetic.
Most patients have type 2 diabetes, which can develop at any age, although it usually occurs in people over 40 years of age. Type 1 diabetes is less common and usually strikes during childhood or adolescences.
Treating Diabetes with Exercise
The most important aspect of treating diabetes is always going to be controlling your glucose levels, and exercise can play an essential role in this.
When you exercise, your cardiovascular system works harder, and your muscles burn glucose during your efforts. Over time, consistent low-level exercise can bring your blood sugar levels back to more acceptable levels.
Whatever kind of diabetes you have; exercise is vital for managing the disease. Some of the benefits of exercise for diabetics are:
- Improved control of insulin sensitivity, blood lipid profiles, blood glucose levels, coagulation properties and blood pressure.
- Improved physical composition
- Weight loss benefits
- Psychological well-being
The danger with exercise and diabetes is overdoing it and reducing your blood sugar levels too far. This condition is called hypoglycemia and usually affects people who are taking oral hypoglycemic medications or insulin.
The effects of a sedentary lifestyle for diabetics are far riskier. Together, these are known as Disuse Syndrome, and include:
- A decrease in the ability to perform even basic daily tasks
- Muscle atrophy
- Negative protein vs nitrogen balance
- Cardiovascular de-conditioning
- Pulmonary restrictions
- Mental depression
With the correct screening, a variety of safe exercises is possible. A detailed pre-participation screening and physical examination is thus always required prior to participation in any physical activities.
It’s clear that the most important part of exercising for diabetes is consistently monitoring a patient’s condition.
This is where biokinetics can play a significant role in helping to manage diabetes.
Biokinetics for Diabetes
When you make an appointment with a biokineticist, the first thing they’ll do is a full assessment of your physique. This includes measuring your blood sugar levels and monitoring your heart rate during moderate exertion.
Armed with an intimate knowledge of your circumstances, a biokineticist will design an exercise program to suit your exact requirements.
Biokineticists are trained to handle all the risks associated with diabetes, including:
- Blood glucose monitoring before exercise and several hours afterwards.
- Timing of exercises to ensure the least risk in relation to when you take your hypoglycemic or insulin medication.
- Developing strategies for those taking medication to prevent hypoglycemia. This could include reducing your dose accordingly or increasing your carbohydrate consumption.
- Monitoring individuals with diabetic retinopathy who could be at risk of retinal detachment due to vigorous exercise.
A biokineticist will also show you how to perform the exercises correctly. Often, your workout sessions will take place at the biokinetics’ practice under supervision, so that your progress, technique and glucose levels can be monitored.
When you’re comfortable with the regime, you can continue to exercise on your own with ongoing consultations to ensure you stay safe and on track.
Red Flags for Diabetes Sufferers Who Want to Exercise
Certain individuals face greater risks when exercising. If your biokineticist becomes aware that you have any of the following conditions, they will refer you back to your doctor for advice and written permission before you undertake specific exercises.
- a history of cardiovascular disease
- autonomic neuropathy
- peripheral neuropathy with ulcerations
- proliferative retinopathy or end-stage nephropathy
If you suffer from any of the above, it doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise. Biokineticists can formulate exercises for almost anyone. In the above cases, medical professionals will work together to ensure that you don’t place yourself at risk.
Exercises like swimming, walking, stationary cycling, and performing light resistance exercises while seated are all recommended for high-risk diabetics. The duration and intensity of these workouts will be determined by the initial biokinetic screening and your doctor’s advice, and you will be closely monitored throughout.
Medical professionals agree that close monitoring is imperative for diabetics taking part in exercise. It cannot be stressed enough that if you feel overstrained, ill or light-headed during training, you should speak up immediately.
It’s clear the hands-on approach that biokineticists take towards exercise is the best solution for diabetic people taking part in exercise.
Start Your Exercise Program Today
Don’t let fear hold you back from living your best life. You are in safe hands when you choose to exercise at a Biokinetics Practice in the battle against diabetes.
With a team of trained professionals by your side, you’ll soon see the benefits of exercise as part of your life and feel motivated and encouraged by their dedicated interest in your progress.
Make an appointment with a leading biokineticist today and let the change begin.