A ny 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 time on a treadmill or bicycle ergometer -- the aerobic exercise in a recent study -- and lifted weights -- the resistance training -- saw their A1C levels drop almost 1 percent in a 22-week program. These encouraging results come from a randomized controlled trial of 251 people with type 2 diabetes reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Ronald Sigal , M.D., an endocrinologist and associate professor at the University of Calgary's department of medicine, led this study, the largest ever on the effectiveness o f aerobic exercise and resistance training. Our A1C level is the best measure of diabetes control that we have. Some people seem to think that reducing it 1 percent isn't ...
New Year's Resolutions are crap, because every time I go and set one, I end up getting distracted by February and completely bunking the intended resolve. It's pathetic. Part of the problem, for a distractible mind like mine, is that I have a hard time seeing more than 30 days out, nevermind a full 365. How am I supposed to set a goal to reach by December when it's barely the first week of January? My resolutions this year aren't yearly, but monthly. And this is, in part, due to my diabetic pregnancy and the fact that my baby is due at the very beginning of May. Four short months from now, I'll be a mommy for the first time. I'm having some trouble lately with blood sugars, though, which brings me to my January resolution: Maintain my excellent A1C. Since becoming pregnant, I had the good fortune of very stable numbers for the first five months, earning me the lowest A1C I've had since my diagnosis twenty three years ago: 6.1%. ...
Read David's first update from the Scientific Sessions here!
San Francisco -- Yesterday I was wearing Band-aids on six of my fingers. I had my A1C tested six times in one day with five different systems. I'm in San Francisco at what is probably the only place in the world
where I could have this bloody experience. It's the annual Scientific
Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. The consistency of the results of these six tests is good news for
people with diabetes. Each of these tests claim to be certified by the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program (NGSP) or comparable to it, and the closeness of the results confirm these claims. But my higher numbers from a year ago was bad news for me. At last
year's ADA in Chicago only three booths offered A1C tests. My results
varied from 4.6 with Bayer HealthCare's A1CNow+ to 5.1 with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics' DCA 2000+ Anaylzer to 5.3 with the Bio-Rad in2it A1C Anaylzer . Those results for a person with typ...
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