Type II Diabetes and Exercise

on Wednesday, 24 July 2019. Posted in General Health, Training and Performance

Type II Diabetes and Exercise


Around 1.7 million Australian's have some form of diabetes, Type II diabetes makes up 85% of these cases. The total cost on Australia's health system is estimated at $14.6 billion. Considering Type II diabetes is a 'lifestyle' related disease this is a significant burden that could be prevented by changing certain aspects of our lives.

Exercise has been found not only to be useful as prevention of Type II diabetes but also in the management of the disease. Some benefits of exercise for diabetics include:

  • Increased insulin sensitivity
  • Better blood glucose control
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduced blood pressure 
  • Improved quality of life 
  • Improved functional capacity

Sometimes lack of motivation can be a real issue for individual's with Type II diabetes. To help with this, here at Institute of Sports and Spines, we run an exercise group twice a week focusing on diabetes management. With a referral from your GP this program can be bulk billed through Medicare, so there's no out of pocket for you. The program is made of 1 initial assessment with our Exercise Physiologist, Emily, and 8 supervised, group exercise sessions. For more information about these classes please don't hesitate to contact us on (07) 3398 7022.