Diabetes: A Safe Workout by Eyitayo Ilori

The American Heart Association recommends that people with type 2 diabetes get two-and-a-half hours of moderate intensity exercise each week. The patient will get more benefit it they spread the exercise hours out over the week. For instance, it can be done 30 minutes for each day. The 30 minutes a day can be divided into shorter intervals, such as a brisk 10-minute walk after each meal.

A good exercise programme for people with diabetes should include:

Stretching: Ask your doctor for the appropriated stretching exercise that will help you stay flexible and prevent soreness. Do it before and after other exercises.

Aerobics: These activities get the heart rated up, such as walking briskly, mowing the lawn, hiking, dancing, cross-country, skipping or playing volley ball, tennis or basketball. If problems with your feet is an issue, try exercises such as swimming or biking to put less stress on the feet.

Strength training: workin
g out with hand weight, elastic bands, or weight machines three times a week will help you build muscle strength and improve bone health. Unless your doctor advises against it, this type of strength training is recommended three times a week, says the European Association for the study of Diabetes in Barcelona, Spain.

Be realistic at the start: If it is being a while since you exercise, plan to start with five or ten minutes of exercises each day. Then you can gradually ad
d a few more minutes at a time until you build up to 150 minutes a week.

Furthermore, the people with diabetes in the study came from the Finnish DERI Cohort (Diabetes Epidemicology Research International). Each p
erson included was diagnosed with diabetes at 17 years of age or under during 1965 to 1979 and placed on insulin at diagnosis 5,162 cases were identified nationwide, and 2,327 (45%) of them were women. Two non-diabetic control persons for each person in the DERI Cohort were selected from the database of the National Insurance Institution matched for the year of birth, geographical birth, region or gender.

One possible reason for this gender differences is that women with Type 1 diabetes are trained and well-motivated to achieve better metabolic contr
ol during pregnancy and that this motivation may persist also post-partum.

In conclusion, in this study, Dr Sjoberg and colleagues examined the mortality and causes of death among subjects with childhood- onset type 1 diabetes compared to control with a focus on mortality differences between childless people and those haven had offspring.


EYITAYO ILORI is a secondary school student in Ibadan, Nigeria. She aims to pursue a career along the medical line.

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