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Exercise tips for people with diabetes and arthritis


April 2, 2013 - 10:30am


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Exercise tips for people with diabetes and arthritis, from Australian Diabetes Council exercise physiologist Bronwyn Penny.

Most of us are aware of the positive impact exercise can have on managing diabetes. However, many people with diabetes also suffer from arthritis. It can be debilitating and prevent people from being as active as they might like, which in turn makes their diabetes difficult to manage as well. Doctors, physiotherapists and exercise physiologists are becoming more aware of the positive role exercise can play for people with arthritis.

Physicians have long recommended flexibility training, but more recently the use of strength and cardiovascular training has been shown to have even greater benefits for arthritis sufferers. Increasing the strength of the muscles around arthritic joints can improve the stability of the joint and reduce wear and tear. Improved stability and joint function can help to prevent further joint degeneration and more importantly, reduce pain associated with arthritis.

Try light impact activities such as cycling or walking which don't put too much pressure on the joints. You might even like to try exercising in warm water. Most importantly, do something because if you don't use it, you lose it.

Diabetes sees us as all the same, it doesn't care what age, race or gender we might be. The Australian Diabetes Council however, does care who we are and is there to create a shared voice for diabetes.

Australian Diabetes Council is Australia's oldest and largest not-for-profit organisation focused on providing support and services nationally and internationally to people living with and at risk of diabetes, their families, carers, friends and allied health professionals. To find out more, please contact 1300 342 238.

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