Pilates is your ally in the war against diabetes. A year ago, Singapore government declared war against diabetes!
Let’s look at some facts:
- On APR 13, 2016, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said diabetes is costing the country more than $1 billion a year.
- 1 in 9 Singapore residents (Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents) aged 18 – 69 years were affected by diabetes.
- In 2014, MOH shared that 1 in 2 heart attack cases had diabetes; 2 in 3 new kidney failure cases were due to diabetes; and 2 in 5 stroke cases had diabetes. There are over 1,500 amputations per year due to complications arising from diabetes, roughly 4 per day.
WHAT IS DIABETES?
Diabetes is a disease brought on by either the body’s inability to make insulin (type 1 diabetes) or by the body not responding to the effects of insulin (type 2 diabetes). It can also appear during pregnancy.
One should also be concerned about pre-diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance stage. This is a condition whereby one’s blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is always accompanied by pre-diabetes. Hence it is crucial to know if you are in a pre-diabetes stage and start working on precautions to prevent the full onset of type 2 diabetes.
Do you know that “lean people with a high body fat content have a higher risk of developing metabolic diseases like diabetes”? It is important to not only screen for your blood sugar level but also your body fat and visceral fat percentage. Pilates Fitness friendly front desk can assist you to measure your body fat percentage – do track on your body fat percentage on a monthly basis.
ARE YOU DISPLAYING SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES?
There are different types of diabetes and each type may have different symptoms. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Increased thirst
- Increased hunger (especially after eating)
- Dry mouth
- Frequent urination
- Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)
- Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing sores or cuts
- Itching of the skin (usually in the vaginal or groin area)
- Yeast infections
- Recent weight gain
- Numbness or tingling of the hands and feet
- Impotence or erectile dysfunction
Singapore Ministry of Health has shared that “of the more than 400,000 diabetics today, one in three do not even know they have the disease.” If you have not screened yourself in the last 18 months, do make an appointment soon and screen yourself yearly to check on your blood sugar levels.
HOW CAN PILATES CONTROL DIABETES?
A clinical research conducted in 2013 – The effect of Pilates exercises on general health in women with type 2 diabetes concluded that “concluded that Pilates exercises can be utilized as an effective and safe method to improve general health in patients with type 2 diabetes.”
More specifically, here are 3 ways that Pilates can improve diabetes patients’ quality of life:
- Pilates classes provide resistance training that increase muscle mass. When your muscle mass increase, your body fat percentage will be reduced correspondingly. Regular Pilates classes can also help to control glycaemia, increase your cardiovascular health, increase sensitivity to insulin and reduce body fat and blood pressure.
- Pilates classes have no impact to your joints. This allows one to practise Pilates regularly, even daily. As diabetic patients generally recover slowly from cuts and sores, it is important that they choose an activity such as Pilates that has less chances of causing sport injuries.
- Pilates classes require one to have mind-body connection to perform the Pilates exercises correctly. Pilates helps one to focus and improve mental health which is a great help to diabetic patients. Mental complications such as depression, anxiety and/or aggression are often accompanied by diabetes. Participating in activities that not only challenge one physically but also mentally will help diabetic patients tremendously.
There is no age, gender or fitness limitation in practising Pilates. Pilates is easily picked up by everyone including the elderly or someone who has not been exercising for a long time.
Pilates is efficient as one hour of Pilates class helps to tone up full body, increase mind-body connection, improves posture, coordination and flexibility. Join us in war against diabetes – sign up for your Pilates class now!