What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which your blood glucose levels, which we know as blood sugar levels, are too high. Glucose comes from the various foods we eat on a day-to-day basis. Insulin is created in our bodies and helps the glucose from foods enter our cells to provide them energy. In individuals who have diabetes their body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t use the insulin it makes effectively, resulting in high levels of glucose in the blood.
Symptoms of diabetes include:
- Increased thirst
- Weight loss
- Frequent urination
- Extreme fatigue
Prevention and Management
Healthy eating and engaging in daily physical activity are simple ways individuals can both prevent diabetes, as well as manage diabetes. Incorporating foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein such as poultry and fish is a simple way to promote healthy eating habits.
Daily exercise is another way to promote a healthy lifestyle. It is recommended that you get at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week. This is as simple as walking your dog or going on a family bike ride. If outdoor conditions aren’t favorable, call TEAM Physical Therapy to discuss setting up a wellness program for access to all your fitness essentials.
This post was written by Samantha Sattler. Samantha is a third-year physical therapy student from the University of Nebraska Medicine Center. She is currently on a clinical rotation with TEAM physical therapist Jeff Denson at our Broken Bow location.