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New Recommendations For Diabetic Exercise In Utah Discussed By Dr Gibson

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute
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In a new joint recommendation by ADA (American Diabetes Association) and ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), Type 2 Diabetics are encouraged to participate in at least 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise spread out at least 3 days during the week, with at most 2 consecutive days between periods of exercise.   Since the ADA is involved, the recommendations take into account the limitations some may have with vigorous exercise in Diabetes.

My understanding of these recommendations apply very well to patients with diabetes in Utah.  In fact, many of these recommendations include the following:
  • Exercise 3 times per week (no more than 2 days between episodes)
  • Moderately Vigorous Exercise (40%-60% of maximal aerobic output) -- Brisk walk may produce this effect.
  • Resistance Training (2-3 times per week on nonconsecutive days)
  • Regular use of a Pedometer (Set goal for steps per day.)
  • Exercise must be done REGULARLY to have benefit

If these recommendations are followed, positive effects can include:
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Better glucose control
  • Improved circulation
  • Decresed heart risk
  • Lower cholesterol and lipids.
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