NOVEMBER is DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH

Nearly 30 million Americans (children and adults) are effected by Diabetes.  Diabetes is a condition in which blood glucose or "blood sugar" is unable to enter cells either because the pancreas is unable to produce insulin or the cells have become insulin resistant.*  You have probably heard of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.   Type I diabetes usually first appears in childhood where the pancreas is not producing insulin.  Then there is Type 2 diabetes.  Type 2 diabetes IS associated with obesity, particularly abdominal obesity and accounts for 90 to 95% of all diabetes. Many Americans don't know that they have diabetes and it's important to know the symptoms.  

Here is a quick list of symptoms.  Remember, always check with your doctor first, get the facts and take care of yourself through fitness, as well as eating right.  

  • Increased urination
  • excessive thirst
  • massive weight loss within 2 months (unhealthy weight loss)
  • excessive hunger
  • skin issues or itchy skin
  • slow healing of simple cuts and bruises
  • yeast infections
  • fatigue and irritability
  • blurry vision
  • tingling and numbness 

The following five reasons help to illustrate why exercise is important for diabetics:

  1. While thousands of patients go to clinics around the world for help with their diabetes, it is exceedingly rare to find one who already has an exercise prescription in hand.
  2. Cells of exercising muscles can extract glucose from the blood much more efficiently than those of resting muscles.
  3. Scientists cannot explain exactly why, but we see with consistency that there is a glucose reducing action of exercise in the diabetic patient. Regardless of the why, just comply! Exercise is a powerful tool to lower blood sugar levels and reduce the amount of insulin.
  4. Sometimes, endocrinologists have their insulin dependant diabetic patients just increase their dosages of insulin if the diet choices (poor choices) warrant it.
  5. Exercise increases the cell sensitivity to insulin. Therefore, as sensitivity increases, the insulin requirements begin to decrease. Exercise increases the fluidity of the blood. This reduces “stickiness” of blood, which could lead to a clot. Ultimately, this could lead to a stroke or a heart attack. Therefore, consistent exercise can help prevent damage to the eyes and kidneys in the insulin dependent diabetic.  -Jason Berg, PT