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ask a Professional Sarah Pettyjohn, PT, DPT Q: My wife was just told she has diabetes. She was told by her doctor that she will need to take medicine, change her diet, and start exercising. She is concerned about the exercise part because of her bad back and knees. How much does exercise really help and what kind is best? A: Diabetes is a condition in which the body either does not produce enough of the hormone insulin, or the cells in the body do not react normally to insulin. When either of these conditions occurs, it causes the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood to become too high. High blood glucose can cause many serious health problems. In fact, it was the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2010. Diabetes can affect anyone at any age and can be related to physical problems such as weakness, loss of endurance, obesity, balance problems, and a sedentary lifestyle. Physical activity and exercise are well established as important and effective ways to lower high blood glucose levels. Physical therapists help people with diabetes improve or avoid related problems and can teach people how to add physical activity to their daily lives in safe, effective, and enjoyable ways. Your physical therapist will examine your record of blood glucose levels and will check your skin for wounds, and will conduct a complete assessment of your strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance, and use the results of the testing to design an individualized treatment program that addresses your problems and needs. Your treatment program can help improve your mobility, strength, endurance, balance and coordination, pain levels, wound healing, swelling, and blood glucose levels. The best kind is the kind she will enjoy doing daily! Sundog Rehabilitation, llC Serving Rapid Valley and Custer locations! 605-787-2719 www.sundogrehab.com - Most Insurance Accepted

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