Looking for People to Join our Living Well Move More Programme

Josh DUK

Online Forum Manager
Staff member
Hello Everyone!

We know that moving more can really help to manage diabetes, and so we are helping people who currently do less than 30 mins of physical activity per week make it part of their day-to-day life.

Francesca, our Physical Activity Helpline Advisor, is trained to help you build your confidence in moving more and is offering regular practical and supporting calls. If you are interested or have any questions about the service, you can message @Francesca DUK to find out more or feel free to comment on this thread that you are interested!

Although this specific service is to help people to move more, our helpline team is available to provide advice and practical support to everyone living with, at risk of or affected by diabetes.
 

mayfields

New Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
I currently cycle for 2 hours 3 times a week. I'm interested to know what drinks and fuel I should be using. Water is fine but it's nice to get a flavour sometimes, but I really want to know more about gels and sweet bars I can get in the cycles shops. Would like any good advice
 

everydayupsanddowns

Administrator
Staff member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Welcome to the forum @mayfields

Maybe look at ‘runsweet’? I’m not sure if the advice would be exactly the same for T2s, but there’s a bunch of stuff about various different sports and diabetes there


Our marathon-running ex Admin @Northerner always used to recommend the Diabetic Athlete's Handbook as being very useful for explaining how to deal with various types of exercise and which explains the physical processes very well.
 

Francesca DUK

Helpline Advisor (Physical Activity)
Staff member
I currently cycle for 2 hours 3 times a week. I'm interested to know what drinks and fuel I should be using. Water is fine but it's nice to get a flavour sometimes, but I really want to know more about gels and sweet bars I can get in the cycles shops. Would like any good advice
Hi @mayfields the resources that Mike has signposted you to are great. We also have an information page on sports nutrition here:

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-t...nd-about/sports-nutrition-and-type-2-diabetes

Hope that helps.
 

pinkjude

Active Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
Hello Everyone!

We know that moving more can really help to manage diabetes, and so we are helping people who currently do less than 30 mins of physical activity per week make it part of their day-to-day life.

Francesca, our Physical Activity Helpline Advisor, is trained to help you build your confidence in moving more and is offering regular practical and supporting calls. If you are interested or have any questions about the service, you can message @Francesca DUK to find out more or feel free to comment on this thread that you are interested!

Although this specific service is to help people to move more, our helpline team is available to provide advice and practical support to everyone living with, at risk of or affected by diabetes.
Hi I damaged my achilles heel before Christmas and followed advice from the physio at my drs all over the phone. I am now paying for private physio on my achilles and my back. I have been advised to do no weight bearing exercises nor to walk up hills. I live part way up a hill so this means I am largely confined to the house and garden. I do the exercises I have been set by my physio but am aware I need to do more. Do you have any suggestions for anything I can do to move more safely?
 

Josh DUK

Online Forum Manager
Staff member
Hi I damaged my achilles heel before Christmas and followed advice from the physio at my drs all over the phone. I am now paying for private physio on my achilles and my back. I have been advised to do no weight bearing exercises nor to walk up hills. I live part way up a hill so this means I am largely confined to the house and garden. I do the exercises I have been set by my physio but am aware I need to do more. Do you have any suggestions for anything I can do to move more safely?
@pinkjude ,

I am so sorry to hear about your achilles heel and I can only imagine how difficult it must be for you. I have tagged @Francesca DUK and she may be able to help you with our programme and get you moving safely.
 

Francesca DUK

Helpline Advisor (Physical Activity)
Staff member
Hi @pinkjude

Thanks for reaching out.

First of all, its great that you are getting support from a physiotherapist and have been set some exercises. Do keep going with these. You can find some ideas for more activity you can do below but please do check with your physio if you are unsure whether these are safe for you to do.

There is a lot of free content, such as videos and pictures, available from reputable sources that you can try. What you choose will depend on what you like as well as your age and ability. There are seated exercises available that may particularly suit you but you could do other non-seated content and just miss out any parts where you are asked to put your weight on your heel .

There is an hour video session that many people find helpful here:

(470) British Gymnastics Foundation - Love to Move Session #01 - YouTube


NHS have pictures of seated exercises and stretches here:


Sitting exercises - NHS (www.nhs.uk)


The NHS have resources on balance exercises:


Balance exercises - NHS (www.nhs.uk)


Flexibility exercises:


Flexibility exercises - NHS (www.nhs.uk)


They also have online chair based Pilates:


Chair-based pilates video workout - NHS (www.nhs.uk)


Sport England also have lots of resources for people to help keep active at home. You can see what's on offer here:


Join the Movement | Sport England


Once COVID-19 restrictions have eased you may want to think about swimming as it is non-weight bearing and has numerous health benefits. We have information on swimming and diabetes here:


Benefits of swimming when you have diabetes | Diabetes UK

I hope these resources help but please do get back in touch if you have any questions.

Francesca
 

London_Star

Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
Welcome to the forum @mayfields

Maybe look at ‘runsweet’? I’m not sure if the advice would be exactly the same for T2s, but there’s a bunch of stuff about various different sports and diabetes there


Our marathon-running ex Admin @Northerner always used to recommend the Diabetic Athlete's Handbook as being very useful for explaining how to deal with various types of exercise and which explains the physical processes very well.
@Francesca DUK
oh wow, I was told I would have to stop my marathons and any endurance training (even longer workouts at the gym) when I was told I had "Post-transplant induced" T2 Diabetes. I've lost most my previous active/fit life-style (which really made me feel emotionally positive) and unfortunately am now doing almost no exercise due to developing a rare condition impacting both my ankle bones (so am more of a wheelchair user/ non-weight bearing). I'm very sedentary with almost no exercise, and being extremely isolated for so long is also impacting my resilience levels.

Any help to get more fit/active again, specifically to lose weight and muscle strength/tone in a diabetic-safe way would be a God-send right now.

My T2 Diabetes and weight-gain is getting increasingly worse with no/inadequate support from medical teams, and the psychological impact is overwhelming given just how fit I managed to keep myself even with multiple serious medical conditions (to the point where the Adult Critical Care Unit were happy for me to go back to training normally even after surviving my prolonged coma a few years back).
 

everydayupsanddowns

Administrator
Staff member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
@Francesca DUK
oh wow, I was told I would have to stop my marathons and any endurance training (even longer workouts at the gym) when I was told I had "Post-transplant induced" T2 Diabetes. I've lost most my previous active/fit life-style (which really made me feel emotionally positive) and unfortunately am now doing almost no exercise due to developing a rare condition impacting both my ankle bones (so am more of a wheelchair user/ non-weight bearing). I'm very sedentary with almost no exercise, and being extremely isolated for so long is also impacting my resilience levels.

Any help to get more fit/active again, specifically to lose weight and muscle strength/tone in a diabetic-safe way would be a God-send right now.

My T2 Diabetes and weight-gain is getting increasingly worse with no/inadequate support from medical teams, and the psychological impact is overwhelming given just how fit I managed to keep myself even with multiple serious medical conditions (to the point where the Adult Critical Care Unit were happy for me to go back to training normally even after surviving my prolonged coma a few years back).

Sorry to hear about the challenges you are facing @London_Star :(

I’m not sure why you were told you would have to stop marathon and endurance training - but it sounds like things have developed since then.

Sorry to hear that you feel you are not getting adequate support from your medics.

Hopefully @Francesca DUK can give you some pointers, even if your level and experience of fitness / training means the ‘live well move more’ programme isn’t suitable.
 

London_Star

Member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
Sorry to hear about the challenges you are facing @London_Star :(

I’m not sure why you were told you would have to stop marathon and endurance training - but it sounds like things have developed since then.

Sorry to hear that you feel you are not getting adequate support from your medics.

Hopefully @Francesca DUK can give you some pointers, even if your level and experience of fitness / training means the ‘live well move more’ programme isn’t suitable.
Thank you. I've beennlet down quite badly considering I've been asking (begging!) for appropriate guidance since 2017. I've now become so unfit that I just feel like I'll have a heart attack any moment. Doesn't help that I've been having ongoing chest pains/Tachycardia since around then too, to the point of having to survive on Tramadol, Oramorph and other painkillers for a while.

I need to be reintroduced to exercise allover again as starting from the very start as someone with bone pain now due to Avascular Necrosis (previously known as Osteonecrosis).

Need some real ideas on how to start working out again but more on the floor, in a chair, non-weight bearing stuff. As an extreme extrovert, I miss the gym and hate working out at home (as depression levels can skyrocket at home). ANY advice, guides etc would be great! Even a short call with me would be much appreciated!
 

everydayupsanddowns

Administrator
Staff member
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Need some real ideas on how to start working out again but more on the floor, in a chair, non-weight bearing stuff. As an extreme extrovert, I miss the gym and hate working out at home (as depression levels can skyrocket at home). ANY advice, guides etc would be great! Even a short call with me would be much appreciated!

Sounds like it's been really tough for you :(

Maybe send @Francesca DUK a messsage to ask about 'live well / move more' and ask whether it's a good option for you?

If you click on her picture or name you should get a box with a 'Send Private Message' option.
 

Francesca DUK

Helpline Advisor (Physical Activity)
Staff member
@Francesca DUK
oh wow, I was told I would have to stop my marathons and any endurance training (even longer workouts at the gym) when I was told I had "Post-transplant induced" T2 Diabetes. I've lost most my previous active/fit life-style (which really made me feel emotionally positive) and unfortunately am now doing almost no exercise due to developing a rare condition impacting both my ankle bones (so am more of a wheelchair user/ non-weight bearing). I'm very sedentary with almost no exercise, and being extremely isolated for so long is also impacting my resilience levels.

Any help to get more fit/active again, specifically to lose weight and muscle strength/tone in a diabetic-safe way would be a God-send right now.

My T2 Diabetes and weight-gain is getting increasingly worse with no/inadequate support from medical teams, and the psychological impact is overwhelming given just how fit I managed to keep myself even with multiple serious medical conditions (to the point where the Adult Critical Care Unit were happy for me to go back to training normally even after surviving my prolonged coma a few years back).
Hi, thank you for reaching out.

I'm sorry you were told to stop being physically active. This must have been a huge blow for you as you mention it made you feel really emotionally positive.

I am more than happy to have a chat with you and see how I can help you get more active. It might be a good idea to arrange a time to speak on the phone? If you private message me your contact details we can arrange a time to talk.

Warm wishes,

Francesca
Helpline Advisor- Physical Activity
 
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