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Type 1 Diabetes

Type-1 Diabetes PerthA disease in which the cells that produce insulin are destroyed by the body’s immune system, diabetes mellitus leads to insulin deficiency. This hormone lowers your blood glucose or blood sugar. Without it, higher levels of this substance result. It often runs in families, but the trigger for it is mostly unknown. At Perth Sports Injury Clinic, we can help you get control of your type 1 diabetes with our many services.

FAQ

Why are blood glucose levels important?

Cardiovascular complications may develop with long-term type 1 diabetes. The effects on your blood vessels may lead to

  • Greater risk of heart disease
  • Kidney disease or failure
  • Loss of muscle balance and control
  • Pain sensation changes
  • Problems with sight

There are several factors that may increase the risk that complications will occur, such as early onset of the disease, a family history of complications from diabetes, smoking, raised blood cholesterol, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.

Can exercise help type 1 diabetes?

Controlling blood glucose levels can be more difficult for those with type 1 than type 2 diabetes. Regular exercise, however, is beneficial for all types. For those with type 1, regular exercise may

  • Boost quality of life
  • Decrease the risk of complications from diabetes
  • Improve how insulin affects the body
  • Increase cardiovascular fitness
  • Reduce depression-related symptoms
  • Lower the amount of insulin needed

How does exercise help?

Though exercise may not have the ability to reverse the damage to the pancreatic cells that cause the diminished production of insulin, it can have other benefits. These advantages may improve the muscle’s ability to respond to insulin, which regulates blood glucose, increases the amount of glucose taken in by muscles that don’t require insulin and decreases the amount of insulin that is needed.

You can think of exercise as a polypill that can boost your physical, mental and clinical health and fitness.

Is there a type of exercise that’s best for me?

If you have type 1 diabetes without complications, you can take part in most types of physical activity at any intensity. Aerobic forms of exercise will improve the fitness of your lungs and heart, while resistance training will maintain bone and muscle strength.


Our exercise therapists can help design a program that suits you. Contact us today to find out more! We can co-manage your case with your other medical practitioners.

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