Diabetes is a metabolic condition in which the body is unable to produce enough insulin (which facilitates the body’s use of glucose for energy). Diabetes can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and, if left untreated, death. In this article, we are going to talk about how physical therapy can help prevent diabetes, as well as patients already suffering from diabetes and other vascular conditions.
Physical Therapy as Diabetes Prevention
The best form of treatment is prevention and physical therapy can be an essential tool in the prevention of diabetes. If your primary care doctor has flagged you as a diabetes risk due to high glucose levels or a family history of diabetes, consulting with a physical therapist is a great option. A trained physical therapist can examine your situation, and develop an exercise routine that fits your unique needs.
Physical Therapy for Patients with Diabetes
For patients already diagnosed with diabetes, physical therapy can also be useful in managing blood sugar levels. Aerobic and resistance training are particularly well-suited for managing glucose levels. Having a regular exercise routine will also strengthen your muscles, and help you burn calories and maintain a healthy weight. All of these factors are essential to managing diabetes and related symptoms.
Twin Cities Physical Therapy Clinics
At OrthoRehab Specialists, our Minnesota physical therapy providers have over twenty-five years of experience treating patients for a wide array of conditions and injuries, including diabetes and vascular conditions. We have established relationships with 600+ providers in the area who refer their patients to us for continued care. Additionally, we offer direct access to physical therapy for those patients who can’t get a prescription from their primary care provider. Contact our Minneapolis or Edina physical therapy clinics today to set up your appointment with one of our Twin Cities physical therapists.
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