World Diabetes Day November 14th 2017- Coast Sport helping diabetics get the most out of life!
It’s World Diabetes Day 2017 on November 14th and this provides an ideal opportunity to put Diabetes in the spotlight. Across the world, diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women, resulting in 2.1 million deaths a year.
Over 1.2 million Australians are currently living with diabetes and half a million Australians could have diabetes, but don’t know it. Diabetes is a condition that more and more Australians are living with or are at risk of.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body is unable to use it properly. This is due to a lack of insulin, or the body’s way of converting glucose into energy not working properly.
Types of diabetes:
Type 1: is an auto immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. As a result, people with type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin and rely on insulin injections to survive.
Type 2: is the most common type of diabetes, and is usually a result of hereditary factors and lifestyle risk factors including poor diet, insufficient physical activity and being overweight or obese.
Making living with diabetes easier
The team at Coast Sport are here to help those living with diabetes to effectively manage and take control of the condition, see below how our various practitioners and service modalities can assist, all conveniently under the one roof.
Eat well for good health
If you have type 2 diabetes, or are at risk of developing diabetes, knowing what and how to eat is essential for maintaining good blood glucose levels and good health.
But when it comes to diet, there is no one-size fits all approach to suit everyone.
If you have type 2 diabetes following a healthy diet and exercising can help you lose weight and make it easier for you to manage your condition. It can also help prevent complications associated with diabetes like issues with your eyes, kidneys, feet and legs or heart. If you have prediabetes, losing weight and keeping it off could stop you from developing type 2 diabetes, and support long term good health and wellbeing.
Coast Sport Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and an Accredited Sports Dietitian (ASD), Jo Allan can tailor nutritional plans to help you to effectively manage Diabetes.
How diabetes can affect your feet
Your feet are supplied with blood to keep them healthy. They also have lots of nerves that act as a communication and warning system. However, if your diabetes is poorly controlled for a prolonged period this can lead to nerve damage.
When you have nerve damage and or poor circulation, you will need to take extra care to protect your feet from injury and wounds. Many foot problems in people who have Diabetes occur when injuries and wounds, as well as infections go unnoticed and untreated, or when healing is delayed due to poor circulation. This can result in serious and severe foot issues.
Matt Shanahan, Coast Sports Podiatrist takes a special interest in diabetes and is available to provide advice, treatment and effective management strategies for diabetic sufferers.
Exercising with diabetes
There is compelling evidence that Type 2 diabetes is more likely to develop in individuals who are sedentary.
Exercise is a cornerstone treatment of diabetes alongside diet and medication. The goal for treatment of diabetes is blood glucose control. Exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of diabetic complications such as cardiovascular disease; peripheral artery disease; neuropathy and retinopathy.
Coast Sport offer a Group Diabetes Program that involves a supervised 60-minute exercise session under the guidance of our accredited Exercise Physiologist, Leigh-Anne McBride.
What does the program involve?
A Diabetes specific 8-week program with sessions including:
Strength and conditioning.
Guidelines for exercise training intensities.
Rehabilitation for co-existing conditions such as lower back pain.
Home program prescription for maintenance.
When: Monday 10.00am – 11.00am.
Bookings are essential, call 02 4356 2588 to secure your spot. You will need a referral from your GP.
Download our Diabetes Program Flyer for more information.
Read more about the benefits of exercise for diabetes here.
Premium integrated care
The Coast Sport team utilise an integrated care approach to ensure optimal health and vitality for patients and will do all in their power to help them to effectively manage diabetes.
Mariners Medical is located on the ground floor to enable easy access to a GP, 7 days a week.
Coast Sport is open 6 days a week, 7am-7pm, call today and take control of diabetes, phone (02) 4356 2588 or book online via the button below.