Exercise Reduces A1C levels in Diabetics

David Mendosa Health Guide January 13, 2008
  • Any exercise can help us control our diabetes. But when we get 45 minutes each of aerobic exercise and resistance training for just three days a week, we can reduce our A1C a lot. In fact, this combination works about as well as any prescription drug can. People with diabetes who worked out half the ...

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  • Anonymous
    pramod
    Jan. 24, 2008
    A lot of Diabetes Patents controlling Diabetes without medicines by doing breathing Exercises (Anulom- Bilom & Kapal Bhati Pranayams )taught by Swami RamDev of India. It is better than any other Exercises.It prevents diabetes complications also.
  • Anonymous
    joanne rinker
    Jan. 17, 2008

    I am a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator.  I always encourage my patients to have a great combo of healthy eating habits as well as healthy exercise habits.  You are right that 45 minutes of exercise just 3 days a week can go a long way.  There are lots of ways that we can also get in some extra steps to improve our cardio...

    RHMLucky777

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    I am a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator.  I always encourage my patients to have a great combo of healthy eating habits as well as healthy exercise habits.  You are right that 45 minutes of exercise just 3 days a week can go a long way.  There are lots of ways that we can also get in some extra steps to improve our cardio health EVERYDAY.  Like taking the stairs, parking your car in the very last parking space, not using the stairs to pile up what needs to go up (just go up and do it now!), walking to the post office or library if they are close enough, etc, etc. 

    I am a diabetes coach and these and other little tips can go a long way!

    Joanne Rinker MS, RD, CDE, LDN

    jrinker@fit4d.com

    fit4d.com

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jan. 17, 2008

      Dear Joanne,

       

      That is excellent advice. I follow that myself. I make a point of running up the steps even when I am walking the rest of the way.

       

      Best regards,

       

      David 

    • Anonymous
      joanne rinker
      Jan. 18, 2008

      David, that is great.  It is the little things that make such a big difference.  Keep it up!!

      Joanne

      jrinker@fit4d.com

      fit4d.com

       

  • Christopher Wheeler
    Jan. 16, 2008

    David,

     

    What do you think about Bernstein's method in his book, with cardiovascular or anaerobic exercise.

     

    The thing about aerobic exercise is, based on every anatomy/physiology or biochemistry class I have ever taken (only 5 classes, way less than the authors of the study I'm sure), is that aerobic exercise is very efficient, much more ATP...

    RHMLucky777

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    David,

     

    What do you think about Bernstein's method in his book, with cardiovascular or anaerobic exercise.

     

    The thing about aerobic exercise is, based on every anatomy/physiology or biochemistry class I have ever taken (only 5 classes, way less than the authors of the study I'm sure), is that aerobic exercise is very efficient, much more ATP is produced. Anaerobic exercise, however, is VERY inefficient. Less ATP is produced, and requires more glucose to produce energy.

     

    I hope I didn't get that backwards. It is quite late here, and I'm having trouble thinking straight, however, I can't fall asleep. 

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jan. 16, 2008

      Dear Christopher,

       

      Sorry, but I am not the one to ask. I hope that other readers will chime in.

       

      David 

  • Anonymous
    Adam Becker Sr
    Jan. 14, 2008

    David,

     

    Can you recommend resources for diabetics wanting to do serious exercise work?  There's a lot of good exercise books out there, but none (that I can find) have chapters on the special needs of diabetics.

     

    E.g., quite a few of the books on resistance exercise recommend eating fast carbs + protein right before exercising.  The resulting ...

    RHMLucky777

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    David,

     

    Can you recommend resources for diabetics wanting to do serious exercise work?  There's a lot of good exercise books out there, but none (that I can find) have chapters on the special needs of diabetics.

     

    E.g., quite a few of the books on resistance exercise recommend eating fast carbs + protein right before exercising.  The resulting  insulin spike helps build muscle.  OK, but many type II diabetics have lost their first-phase insulin response, and the carbs will drive their blood glucose too high.  Is anybody addressing these kinds of issues?    

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jan. 14, 2008

      Dear Adam,

       

      Good questions. I don't know, although you are so right about avoiding a high-carb diet. Maybe some other readers will chip in with their advice. I am myself getting a personal trainer instead of relying on a book.

       

      Best regards,

       

      David 

    • Gretchen Becker
      Health Guide
      Jan. 14, 2008
      Sheri Colberg has type 1 and she's written several books on exercise for people with diabetes. She also has a blog on diabetes and exercise: http://blog.shericolberg.com/
    • Anonymous
      joanne rinker
      Jan. 17, 2008

      Adam,

      if you are interested, I am a diabetes coach.  Our team of certified diabetes educators would be able to help with both your exercise, nutrition and management needs.  Check out our website fit4d.com

      Joanne

    • Anonymous
      kathy
      Jan. 18, 2008

      Joanne-

      I have been watching the weekly video FAQ's at your website. Adam, these are very short tips but it might be helpful.

      http://media.fit4d.com/videos_faq_index.html

       

    • Anonymous
      joanne
      Jan. 30, 2008

      so glad to see that you are enjoying these.  You can also go on-line and view our webinars.  If you go to the website you can check out the calendar.  I will be teaching one on organic and locally grown foods in June but there are others that are geared toward exercise coming up!

      Enjoy,

      Joanne Rinker MS, RD, CDE, LDN

      jrinker@fit4d.com

      www.fit4d.com...

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      so glad to see that you are enjoying these.  You can also go on-line and view our webinars.  If you go to the website you can check out the calendar.  I will be teaching one on organic and locally grown foods in June but there are others that are geared toward exercise coming up!

      Enjoy,

      Joanne Rinker MS, RD, CDE, LDN

      jrinker@fit4d.com

      www.fit4d.com