5 Safe Exercise Tips for Those with Diabetes.

Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a worldwide health problem characterized by the body’s inability to break down sugar due to an inefficiency of the hormone insulin.

November is considered Diabetes month in America. In an effort to raise awareness about a condition that has a powerful impact on families and communities across the world. According to the American Diabetes Association, the toll of DM is significant if left unchecked.

The Physical Therapists at Back In Motion are the experts at performing the correct exercises for diabetes treatment. We will assist you in the movements as well as diet for controlling this devastating disease. Our Nutritionist  specializes in Diabetes control as well as works with client’s Physicians closely for safe controlled outcomes. For more information on our Nutrition program which is Ideal Protein based, check out Ideal Sarasota.

Do NOT become a statistic:


  • 2 out of 3  people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.



  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.



  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.



  • The rate of amputation for people with this disease is 10 times higher than for people without it. About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage. Therefore resulting in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems. Our specialized treatments such as the ML830 Cold Laser Laser Therapy as well as Fenzian or Electro Therapeutic Point Stimulation (ETPS) can serve as fast, long lasting permanent relief. Therefore If you think you have tried everything or if you are taking oral medication or injections, call us. (941) 925-2700.


Role of the Physical Therapist in Diabetes:  We can HELP!!!!

5 safe exercise tips for those with diabetes
Diabetes Management

You may be at risk for diabetes, if your hemoglobin A1C levels are above the normal limit. So Ask your physician if this test is right for you.

Physical activity, healthy nutrition and stress management are important factors in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. As well as Your physician prescribing medication to assist with the treatment.

Your physical therapist can create a safe, progressive exercise program.  As a result it enables your body to become more sensitive to insulin and effectively remove extra glucose from your bloodstream. Therefore The goal is to normalize your blood glucose levels and improve your hemoglobin A1C readings. Our Nutritionist will train the pancreas to secrete appropriate levels of  insulin. In today’s society we are eating foods that are convenient and likely rich in carbohydrates and or sugar. We can instruct you on the exact foods to eat to minimize the the impact of insulin as well as blood sugar fluctuations.  5 safe exercise tips for those with diabetes is important for those with diabetes as well as their loved ones.

Here are just some of the benefits of regular physical activity:


  • Better balance which helps to prevent falls



  • Reduces the risk for heart disease and stroke



  • Stress relief



  • Boost in energy and ability to perform daily activities



  • Improved sleep patterns





  • Strengthening of the heart and better blood circulation



  • Strengthening of muscles and bones



  • Better range of motion in joints



  • Decrease in blood pressure and cholesterol levels



  • Improved sex drive



  • Happier, healthier, better quality of life


You can experience all these benefits after you consult with your physical therapist.

5 Safe Exercise Tips for Those with Diabetes

5 safe exercise tips for those with diabetes
Physical Therapist at Gym

For diabetics, exercise should be a safe, enjoyable and positive experience. When planned correctly, exercise will leave you energized, not fatigued. Our team can safely coach and instruct you in the clinic and progress you to an easy to follow home based program. Here are five exercise tips for individuals with diabetes.

  • It is essential to avoid injuries and remain hydrated. Also it’s important to have fast acting sugary food available in the event of low blood sugar levels. This is critical for individuals who are on insulin and have type 1 diabetes.
  • As a general rule, we will encourage you to warm up for 5 minutes before starting to exercise and cool down for 5 minutes at the end. You will be advised to drink plenty of water before, during, and after activity to stay hydrated. Your program will be Physical Therapist designed and proven to help you regardless of pain or joint problems.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, you should rest for a few minutes. We’ll train you to understand your energy levels and listen to your body. You can rely on accountability by professional staff to keep you on track safely and promote successful outcomes.
  • Use the “talk test” to make sure you are not pushing yourself too hard. If you become short of breath and you can’t talk, then slow down. As your fitness level improves over time, you’ll be able to exercise at a higher intensity and chat with others while you do it. We have state of the art equipment to monitor you throughout the process at Back In Motion.
  • Make sure to wear shoes and clean socks that fit you well. Look inside your shoes before wearing them to make sure there is nothing in them that might hurt you or make you feel uncomfortable. Always examine your feet before and after activity for blisters, redness, or other signs of irritation. Talk to your doctor immediately if you experience pain or notice a blister, cut, or sore.

Get Help

If you know someone who has diabetes, or is at risk for diabetes, the best thing you can do is to ask them to call us and schedule an appointment. We can be reached at (941) 925-2700 and are here to help.

About the Author Tim Burnell, PT

Tim Burnell is the Lead Physical Therapist at Back In Motion Sarasota. He has over two decades of clinical experience. He takes pride in getting to the root of the problem which helps get his clients better...Faster! He is a family man & enjoys spending time with the love of his life, Monique. He has 2 children & a dog named Annie. Tim's son, Andre' is 11 years old and his daughter Joliebelle (nicknamed Pooky) is 7 years old. He enjoys visiting his wife's side of the family in New Orleans and his side of the family in Vermont. Tim grew up in Vermont, went to Physical Therapy School in Alabama, got his first job at Tulane Hospital in New Orleans and moved to Sarasota Florida after Hurricane Katrina in 2006.

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