downloadDiabetes affects millions of Americans each year.Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body is unable to produce enough insulin, which causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood, and is usually lifelong.

There are two different types of diabetes. There is type one diabetes, which completely stop producing any insulin. When the body stops producing insulin it prevents converting the glucose found in foods to energy. Type two diabetes, is when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or can not use the insulin properly. Both types of diabetes are common and anyone can get it.

Luckily, there are many ways to help make yourself more aware of diabetes and how to decrease your risks of getting diabetes. One important way is physical activity, along with the proper medication and monitoring. Physical activity can help the body use insulin better, and properly convert the glucose into energy. Even minimal activity such as 30 minutes a day can help. In saying so, physical therapy has become the foundation for treatment of diabetes.

Physical therapists see how serious the condition of diabetes is, and wants to help you develop better blood sugar levels, manage your weight, and lessen your risk of heart disease.  Most physical therapists will help develop an aerobic exercise plan, that is specifically designed for your needs. For instance, there would be variety on intensities, and if you need more or less resistance training. Physical therapists will go above and beyond and help you be aware of health risks due to diabetes before your exercise.

Physical therapists help with pain in your joints or muscles, numbness or tingling in your feet, pain while walking, and even if you had a stroke. They also are happy to answer any questions you have about exercising and what you think would be right for you. Don’t wait and get a jump start on promoting your health. Physical therapists are waiting to help you make the progress you need to feel like you again !

Did you know that you do not need a referrals for physical therapy? For more information call The Physical Therapy Alliance (516) 568-4444 with locations in Massapequa, Valley Stream, Wantagh and Lindenhurst.