In our last post, we discussed how exercise can help control the symptoms of your underlying illness (whatever caused your autonomic neuropathy). Today we’re going to discuss the effects of not exercising, which are called disuse syndrome.
Use Vs. Disuse
When you’re thinking about starting an exercise program and you’re thinking about how dangerous it can be, you also need to consider the effects of not starting an exercise program.
The effects of not exercising are called disuse syndrome. If your level of activity seriously out of sync with your level of inactivity, you can develop:
• Decreased physical work capacity
• Muscle atrophy
• Negative nitrogen and protein balance
• Cardiovascular deconditioning
• Pulmonary restrictions
The effects of any of these symptoms of disuse syndrome in combination with your autonomic neuropathy symptoms can make a bad situation even worse.
The very nature of your autonomic neuropathy can affect the systems that are most sensitive to the effects of exercise. Any exercise program you begin should be designed and monitored by a medical professional well versed in the effects of autonomic neuropathy, like your NeuropathyDR® clinician.
Autonomic neuropathy can have a serious effect on the very systems in the body that are directly affected by exercise. Make sure you talk to your healthcare provider before you start an exercise program and let them monitor your progress.
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