Type II Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic disease that occurs as a result of lifestyle risk factors, such as obesity and decreased physical activity levels. The main pathology behind Type II Diabetes is that the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin, as a result of increased amounts of glucose in the blood (hyperglycaemia). Insulin is a hormone that regulates the level of sugar within the blood, therefore this condition ultimately results in the inability of the body to breakdown glucose, thereby leading to lipid accumulation within the liver. If the symptoms of Type II Diabetes are managed correctly, one may lead a relatively normal and healthy life. However, when the disease is unmanaged, it puts the individual at higher risk of complications which include cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetic retinopathy, kidney failure and cognitive decline.
Signs and Symptoms of Type II Diabetes
Symptoms of Type II Diabetes include:
Increased need to urinate
Tiredness and lethargy
Poor wound healing capacity
Increased predisposition to skin infections
Headaches and dizziness
The Effect of Exercise on Symptoms of Type II Diabetes
The key management of Type II Diabetes involves lifestyle interventions and maintenance of blood glucose levels within a normal range. A healthy diet and increased physical activity levels are vital in the management of symptoms of diabetes, with clear scientific evidence that exercise leads to a reduction in glycated haemoglobin levels, thereby reducing insulin resistance. Short term effects of exercise include the upregulation of glucose into muscles to be used for muscular activity as intensity of physical activity increases. This benefits patients with Type II Diabetes as their body is otherwise unable to store glucose. The general benefits of exercise such as increased cardiovascular fitness, bone density and general overall health and wellbeing give exercise a very important role in the management of Type II Diabetes, as well as having a preventative effect on the secondary complications of diabetes.
Type II Diabetes and The Thrive Clinic
At The Exercise Therapist, we have developed a program that combines mindfulness practice, cognitive training, and high intensity interval training. These are three modalities that have proven to reduce symptoms of Type II Diabetes, reduce visceral dorsal fat, improve cognitive function and decision making relating to meditation and exercise. Mindfulness-based interventions aimed at reducing psychological symptoms of distress and enhancements of quality of life are increasingly applied and popular in a variety of settings. These interventions are aimed at the cultivation of an open-minded and non-judgemental awareness of whatever is happening at each successive moment of perception.
The Thrive Clinic involves an 8 to 12-week program, where the client can choose between two or three sessions per week depending on the severity of their symptoms. The program will reduce the symptoms of diabetes, and improve overall cognitive function and cardiovascular fitness, through the combination of mindfulness meditation and HIIT. We have already had fantastic results with current clients showing improvements both mentally and physically, just halfway through the program.
If you are interested in this program please contact the clinic on 9385 1430 or register your details in the contact form below.
Terms and Conditions - Any exercise program is not without risk and this or any other exercise program may result in injury, serious illness or even death. The risks are higher when you have a pre-existing medical condition or have not exercised for some time. You are responsible for seeking appropriate medical advice before commencing this program. The Exercise Therapist and Elite Health Management disclaims all liability from all in connection with your use of the programs, videos, and seminars or whether or not The Exercise Therapist or Elite Health Management is negligent. If you have commenced an exercise activity in accordance with this program and at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy or physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult a doctor.