November is National Diabetes Month in Canada. Did you know that current statistics suggest that up to one third of Canadians has diabetes or pre-diabetes and many may not even know it? Pre-diabetes refers to having a fasting blood glucose level of 7.0 or higher.
According to the Canadian Diabetes Association adults over the age of 40 should be screened for diabetes every three years and more frequently if you have any of the following risk factors:
- Having a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes.
- Being a member of a high-risk group (Aboriginal, Hispanic, South Asian, Asian, or African descent).
- Having health complications that are associated with diabetes.
- Having given birth to a baby that weighed more than four kilograms (nine pounds) at birth or having had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy).
- Having been diagnosed with pre-diabetes (impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose).
- Having high blood pressure.
- Having high cholesterol or other fats in the blood.
- Being overweight, especially if that weight is mostly carried around the tummy.
- Having been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome.
- Having been diagnosed with Acanthuses nigricans (darkened patches of skin).
- Having been diagnosed with psychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, depression, bi polar disorder.
- Having been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.
- Having been prescribed a glucocorticoid medication by a doctor.
Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to prevent and/or manage diabetes. Physical movement improves your body’s sensitivity to insulin, and helps regulate blood sugar levels. Whole Body Vibration (WBV) helps you lower or maintain a healthy weight, body mass index (BMI) and body fat analysis (BFA) further reducing the risk for diabetes.
WBV is an excellent way to move and exercise your body. We recommend those with diabetes vibe 3-4+ times per week. This regular activity burns excess carbs, sugar as well as improves circulation, which helps protect against diabetic complications like numbness, loss of limbs, and blindness. A study, Whole Body Vibration: An Effective Treatment for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy, published in the Journal of Pain and Relief shows that WBV can be an effective therapy for those with painful diabetic neuropathy. Lower levels of pain allowed for greater overall activity levels and improved quality of life.