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6 Facts on Diabetes and How PT Can Prevent It

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November is American Diabetes Month. As of 2012, it’s estimated that 9.3 percent of the population has diabetes, but a third of them don’t realize it. We would like to bring you the following facts about diabetes—and how physical therapy can help prevent it!

  1. There’s several types
    Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, while type 2 occurs when the body uses insulin ineffectively. Gestational diabetes is when a woman temporarily gets diabetes when she’s pregnant. Hyperglycemia is when your blood sugar is higher than normal. Also known as “prediabetes,” this can lead to type 2 diabetes.
  2. Type 2 diabetes is the most prominent
    Those with type 1 diabetes only account for about 5% of all those who have the condition.
  3. You will not always have symptoms with type 2 diabetes
    If you meet the risk factors for this condition, it is a good idea to consult your doctor!
  4. It is the leading cause of amputations.
    Approximately 54% of all amputations performed in the United States are due to vascular disease, including diabetes.
  5. It is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults
    The World Health Organization also cites it as a leading cause of kidney failure, and it’s linked to cardiovascular issues.
  6. Physical Therapy can help prevent it
    Lifestyle changes can help prevent type 2 diabetes. Even 30 minutes a day can make a difference. If you’re at risk of developing this condition, increased exercise is a big step to prevention. The physical therapists at Core PT can show you how to participate in safe, effective activities. These exercises can reduce pain, lower blood glucose levels and increase mobility.

It’s not too late to make a change for the better! We can create an exercise program that’s tailored to your specific needs. Contact us today to make an appointment.

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