Although diabetes is increasingly common in the UK and Asian countries, only 15% – 20% of sufferers rely on daily injections of insulin, while over 75% control the problem with diet, tablets, and exercise.

Diabetes mellitus occurs when the body cannot properly use the glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose comes when we eat sugar and other sweet foods, or starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes, or pasta.

So if you suffer from diabetes, can you still exercise? You should first check with your doctor there are some medical conditions can become worse as a result of the exercise. Your doctor will review your medical history and test you to check the condition of your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, eyes and nervous system.

If your doctor gives you the all clear to exercise, he should also be able to advise you as to which activities are suitable for you.

Heart Conditions

There are a huge range of heart conditions that need to be considered if someone is looking to exercise. For anyone working with patient referrals, an understanding of these conditions is essential.

  • Cardiovascular Disease: Also known ‘heart and circulatory disease’, this term includes all diseases of the heart and circulation, including coronary heart disease (angina and heart attack), and stroke.
  • Angina: This usually occurs as a result of coronary heart disease, and is characterised by an uncomfortable feeling or pain in the chest.
  • Heart Attack: A heart attack occurs when one of the coronary arteries becomes blocked. The heart muscle is thus starved of blood and oxygen, and can suffer permanent damage.
  • Heart Failure: This describes the proccess by which the heart becomes less efficient at pumping blood around the body.
  • Cardiomyopathy: A condition in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally enlarged, thickened or stiff.
  • Congenital Heart Disease: A heart abnormality present from birth.
  • Heart Rhythms: Problems with heart rhythms occur when there is a disturbance in the electrical activity of the heart.
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We work as by educating and training like take an example, talking about hypertension,because it leads to heart rate increase

Treatment focuses on a number of areas, including:

  • Weight loss
  • Increased exercise
  • Change in diet this can be to help with weight loss, or to reduce sodium consumption
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Stop smoking

Of course, many of these factors can occur together, so taking action on several areas can make a profound difference.