Let’s talk about Diabetes…
“Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure and early death. Simple action can reduce the risk.” (The International Diabetes Foundation, 2019).
It’s World Diabetes Day! And we at Cutting Edge Performance Centre would like to help by raising awareness of the changes you can make to help keep you healthy, keep Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) at bay OR help you manage Type 1 Diabetes (T1DM).
The modifiable factors relating to the development of T2DM are:
- Diet and,
- Physical Activity.
This is probably not news to most people, however, these general tenets are usually spruiked without any more information than that. This makes you wonder, well, how much exercise should I do? What does a good diet look like? And how do I even get started? The first step to managing your metabolic health is to complete a general screening process to help give you a rough idea of risk. The link below will take you through to an online screening tool provided by the International Diabetes Foundation.
Step 1 – Get Screened for Risk!
The next step on your journey is to get physically active. Once you have assessed your level of risk, there are two avenues you can pursue:
- Follow up with your GP for more information and a more thorough screening and/or,
- Contact an Exercise Physiologist (hey I’m one of those!) to get you moving!
Both an EP and GP can further risk stratify and get the ball rolling on an appropriate exercise program. Below you can find two links to previous blogs I wrote on some of the many benefits of exercise for those managing Diabetes as well as a breakdown of just how much physical activity is needed to meet the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines.
Step 2 – Get Moving!
The final piece of the prevention/management puzzle is to eat like an adult! At Cutting Edge we are able to help with pre-diabetes nutrition and we have a long and extensive history of helping clients from all walks of life maintain a healthy body composition. However if you do need some extra help and have a diagnosed chronic disease such as Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes then the below link will take you to a directory where you can locate an Accredited Practising Dietitian.
There is also a link listed to help you conceptualise how many servings of each major food group are required for health as published by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Step 3 – Eat Well!
Screen your risk, move lots, eat well and live long, for more information about World Diabetes Day you can visit: