Category: Exercise

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a common complication during pregnancy resulting from poorly controlled blood sugar levels. It is growing in prevalence, with incidences ranging from 3.5-12% (1-3). Longer term health implications are also coming to light, with a seven-fold increased risk of mothers developing type 2 diabetes later in life (4), whilst children of…

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Polycystic Ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder affecting up to 18% of reproductive aged women. PCOS is closely linked with anovulatory infertility, increased insulin resistance, obesity, increased blood pressure and lipid profiles, depression and low self esteem, which can significantly impact one’s quality of life. Lifestyle changes, including that of regular exercise…

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Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a non-invasive method of analgesia (pain relief). Electrodes are placed over the skin of a painful body part and low voltage electrical impulses are emitted to provide pain relief, flooding the brain with pain free stimulus to reduce its processing of current pain, eg labour pain. It’s a bit…

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