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 help people manage 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.
Exercise has a positive effect on how our bodies utilize insulin. Exercise also decreases the negative effects of high blood sugar. Excessively 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 that you, a friend, or a family member is somehow affected by the disease. While our ultimate goal in physical therapy is to help rehab a person from an injury, we also have a great opportunity to inspire a regular exercise routine and encourage patients to continue to live a healthy lifestyle.
You can now seek medical advice from a Physical Therapist directly without a referral from a doctor. Please visit us at www.sptny.com if we can help support you with a consultation for your injury.
Kate Saccocci is a licensed physical therapist at Sports Physical Therapy of New York who has personally dealt with diabetes much of her life. Contact Kate or any of our other licensed therapists at www.sptny.com. We have a clinic near you!