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Integrating Physical Activity into Diabetes Treatment
Integrating Physical Activity into Diabetes Treatment
Dr Tullaya Sitasuwan
Dr Tullaya Sitasuwan
Endocrinologist

In general practice, managing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes involves unique challenges, particularly with integrating physical activity into treatment plans. Exercise offers significant benefits like weight control, enhanced insulin sensitivity, and stable blood glucose levels, but must be tailored to each diabetes type.

Type 1 diabetes management focuses on balancing insulin with physical activity to prevent hypoglycemia. Aerobic exercises such as walking, cycling, or swimming improve cardiovascular health and insulin sensitivity, as they encourage muscle glucose uptake, aiding blood sugar stability. Close blood sugar monitoring is crucial to adjust insulin and carbohydrates accordingly.

For Type 2 diabetes, combining aerobic and resistance training is beneficial. Resistance exercises build muscle mass, crucial for improving insulin and glucose efficiency. Physical activity also aids weight management, key in Type 2 diabetes control.

Customizing exercise plans is vital, considering individual health conditions, blood glucose monitoring, and personal preferences to ensure both effectiveness and enjoyment. This personalized approach is crucial given the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

GPs play a significant role in this tailored approach, recommending suitable exercises and conducting thorough assessments to evaluate risks and ensure alignment with the overall diabetes management plan. This includes assessing the impact of exercise on blood glucose and adjusting medications, especially insulin for Type 1 diabetes.

Managing diabetes with physical activity requires guidance, adaptability, and commitment. GPs provide the necessary expertise and support, creating personalized plans and fostering collaboration to empower patients to use exercise as a tool for enhancing life quality and diabetes control.

The HealthDeliver platform further simplifies diabetes management by enabling home nurse visits for blood tests, integrating seamlessly into patients' schedules. This innovative approach ensures time-efficient care, with follow-up discussions via video call for convenience. HealthDeliver's service emphasizes the importance of accessibility and flexibility in diabetes management, making it an integral part of patients' lifestyles.