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 ...
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...
As we come to the end of January, it is hard to resist looking back on ambitious resolutions. Promises that "I will eat healthier" or "This year I will get an A in Calculus" are often broken in a matter of weeks. Personally, I am not in the habit of making big resolutions in the hopes that this year I can "reinvent myself" or do things "better." Recently, I was talking with some family members about their new year's resolutions. When I said that I hadn't made any, someone mentioned that I seemed to have everything, including my diabetes, "totally under control," so I didn't need to make a resolution. That made me think. I realized that one reasonable thing to strive for this year was managing my blood sugars more effectively. I really want to get my Hemoglobin A1c under 7%, which is the recommendation provided by the American Diabetes Association for healthy diabetes control. Most people without dia...
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