Diabetes and Exercise


Posted by Leigh MacKenzie, May 12, 2014

After reviewing  a retweet from the Canadian Diabetes Association via the OrthoCanada twitter handle, I came across the video below.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting most of the staff who starred in the spot and attended many events at the Cardiac Rehab site where the video was filmed. The facilities and the knowledge of the staff combined offer the patients the best care in Canada.  Additionally, the benefits of exercise and diabetes should be considered by the general population as well. The impact on the health of Canadians would be quite significant.

Key Messages courtesy of the Canadian Diabetes Association:

  • Moderate to high levels of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness are associated with substantially lower morbidity and mortality in men and women with and without diabetes.
  • For most people, being sedentary has far greater adverse health consequences than exercise would. However, before beginning a program of physical activity more vigorous than walking, people with diabetes should be assessed for conditions that might place the individual at increased risk for an adverse event associated with certain types of exercise.
  • For people with type 2 diabetes, supervised exercise programs have been particularly effective in improving glycemic control, reducing the need for antihyperglycemic agents and insulin, and producing modest but sustained weight loss.
  • Both aerobic and resistance exercise are beneficial for patients with diabetes, and it is optimal to do both types of exercise. At least 150 minutes per week of aerobic exercise, plus at least two sessions per week of resistance exercise, is recommended.

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