Monday, October 17, 2011

Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

Question:  I was recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes.  Could you tell me what questions I should be asking my doctor in order for me to be successful in the prevention of type 2 diabetes?

Answer:  I would ask your doctor if he/she thinks you should be taking any medications to prevent blood sugars and when you should return for another checkup.  Regular exercise, losing weight if you are overweight, and healthy eating can reduce your risk of developing diabetes by up to 58%.  Check to see if your doctor can refer you to a certified diabetes educator and/or registered dietitian for help in making lifestyle changes.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Exercise ideas for fall and winter

Question:  I have prediabetes and have been doing a pretty good job of exercising outdoors during the spring and summer months.  Now that the weather is starting to cool down, I am trying to determine what I can do for physical activity in the colder months.  Suggestions?

Answer:  Glad to see you are looking ahead to the colder months.  Preplanning is always the way to go!

You can still do a lot of walking, jogging, yard work, and biking in the fall - just make sure you dress accordingly! Once the snow and ice come, maybe consider going to a gym or a local park district fitness center where you can exercise indoors.  A local mall is a good place to get some walking in too - go early in the a.m. or later in the evening when there's not as many people shopping.  You can always use indoor exercise equipment at home, too.

Participate in some winter sport activities like skating or skiing.   When it's really cold out get some friends together to shoot hoops, or play indoor racquetball or tennis. Wii video games are also a fun way to fitsome indoor activity in - Wii Fit is specifically designed to give you various forms of exercise.

 It always helps to try to increase your daily activities if you are lacking exercise - park further away at work or when you go shopping and take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Even a few 10-minute increments of activity throughout the day will give you health benefits.