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Walking is the exercise of choice for most people, especially when we would rather be outdoors than in a gym. Walking is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease, the biggest problem that those of us who have diabetes face.
If all we want to do is strengthen our lower body, we need only comfortable clothes and supportive footwear. But walking does little or nothing to strengthen the muscles of our upper body.
Unless we walk with poles, like Ken Mundt does. "The advantage is that I get a whole upper body workout," he told me when I called him at his home in Seattle. "My chest muscles get a good workout, because I don't slam my poles. I place them, and then I push." Ken is now 58. Five years ago when a doctor told him that he has type 2 diabetes, he started a regular pole walking program. Every day during the week he walks between five and six miles with his Exerstrider poles. On Saturday he walks eight miles and takes off on Sunday.
Ken Mundt Strides with his Walk...
This is the story of Mom and a doctor who came close to deciding when she should die, by nearly refusing her emergency medical care, since Mom has Alzheimer's disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Last week, I wrote a SharePost about a philosophy that seems to permeate Western civilization’s health care system and its views of end of life care. Often, those of us who live in the Western civilization use the word “if” and not “when” in relationship to the death of our loved ones , as well as our own demise. That SharePost responsed to a chapter in a new book by Dr. Atul Gawande published in April 2007. In Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance , Dr. Gawande uses the chapter, entitled “On Fighting,” to discuss the medical and ethical dilemmas that doctors encounter when treating people with serious illnesses. Better notes that we rarely know when people’s last six months will be (which is also when the largest expenditures take place). Dr. Gawande writes, “...
Walking abnormalities are unusual and uncontrollable walking patterns that are usually due to diseases or injuries to the legs, feet, brain, spinal cord, or inner ear.
The pattern of how a person walks is called the gait. Many different types of walking problems occur without a person's control. Most, but not all, are due to some physical condition.
Some walking abnormalities have been given names:
Propulsive gait -- a stooped, stiff posture with the head and neck bent forward
Scissors gait -- legs flexed slightly at the hips and knees like crouching, with the knees and thighs hitting or crossing in a scissors-like movement
Spastic gait -- a stiff, foot-dragging walk caused by a long muscle contraction on one side
Steppage gait -- foot drop where the foot hangs with the toes pointing down, causing the toes to scrape the ground while walking, requiring someone to lift...
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