Type I Diabetes is most frequently diagnosed in children and teenagers and must be treated with insulin.  People with this condition should liaise with their medical team with regard to exercise, nutrition and insulin regulation, but may safely participate in most activities subject to individual guidelines established with their team.

Type II Diabetes used to be called “late onset” diabetes as it tended to appear in people over 50 years of age, however with rising levels of overweight/obesity occurring at ever younger ages it is increasingly common in young adults and even teenagers.  Not everyone with diabetes is overweight although it is one of the major risk factors.

Many control their diabetes by diet and activity, some even losing weight and changing their nutrition profile so that their diabetes diagnosis is revoked.  Others need to take tablets and some may need to use insulin.

Exercise can do much to prevent and control diabetes, helping reduce the risk of complications such as heart disease, poor circulation, loss of sensation in hands/feet and damaged eyesight/blindness.

Diabetes is the biggest single cause of amputation and blindness in the UK.

                                                                                                                  For more information on Diabetes use the link below:
Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer: Body in Action 2000
Weight Management Centre; Weight Management & Nutrition 2004
Wright Foundation Specialist Obesity Qualification 2007
Loughborough College Nutrition for Weight Management and Common Clinical Conditions
Later Life Training: Exercise for the Prevention of Falls and Injuries in Frailer Older People, 2009