Diabetes is a condition that causes the body to not produce enough of the hormone insulin (Diabetes Type 1) or to not react normally to insulin (Diabetes Type 2). When there is not enough insulin present or your cells stop responding properly to insulin, too much sugar (glucose) stays in your blood stream and cannot be used for energy.
High blood sugar can cause many health problems such as:
- Heart Disease
- Nerve Damage
- Kidney Disease
- Balance Issues
- Weakness and Loss of Endurance
As of 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 34.2 million Americans (10.2%), had diabetes. About 7.3 million of those people may be unaware that they even have the disease. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2017.
What Can Physical Therapy Do?
Physical activity and exercise are proven to be effective ways to lower high blood sugar levels and therefore manage your diabetes by making your body more sensitive to insulin.
Our Physical Therapists here at ProMet PT are movement experts and know how to help people improve or avoid problems related to diabetes! We can teach you how to safely add physical activity into your life in a way that will be productive, individualized to your specific needs and enjoyable. Call now to make an appointment at one of our Glendale, Manhasset, or Briarwood locations today!