Diabetes and Physical Therapy

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million people are living with either Type I or Type II diabetes. There are several different treatment options that are used to assist people in managing their diabetes, however, exercise and diet are the most common. Physical therapy plays a critical role in the treatment of diabetes and can promote positive outcomes from an injury.

I have had Type I diabetes since I was eight years old and consider myself an expert in management and treatment. I have always been involved in athletics, and as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I now have the expertise to combine the positive effects of physical therapy with my diabetic patients.

Exercise has a positive effect on how our bodies utilize insulin. Exercise also decreases the negative effects that high blood sugar has. Excessive high or low blood sugar can be detrimental to a person with diabetes. Modulation of blood sugar is critical and exercise can help play a role in that.

With the astounding number of people living in the US with diabetes, it is likely you, a friend, or a family member is somehow affected by diabetes. While our ultimate goal in PT is to help rehab a person from an injury, we also have a great opportunity to inspire a regular exercise routine and encourage our patients to continue to live a healthy lifestyle.

You can now seek medical advice from a Physical Therapist directly without an MD referral. Please visit us at www.sptny.com if we can help support you with a consultation for your injury.

Are you at risk for Type 2 Diabetes? See the link the below to take the test. http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/