If you can, enroll in a supervised program

A new Italian study shows the benefits of a supervised exercise program.  Compared to simple counseling, people with diabetes who were enrolled in twice-weekly supervised exercise program (cardio and strength training) had a host of improvements:

  • Lower Hemoglobin A1c (an index of long term sugar control; lower is better)
  • Better physical fitness
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Better cholesterol levels (more “good cholesterol,” less “bad” cholesterol)
  • Slimmer waists!
  • Lower body weight
  • Less insulin resistance
  • Less inflammation

Join a group!  Or create your own.  I continue to use a personal trainer once or twice a week.  Some folks get together and share a trainer – it lowers the cost per person, and strengthens the resolve to continue.

Think you don’t have diabetes?  Check! – remember, 1/2 of diabetics don’t even know they have the disease, and overweight/obesity makes it much more likely.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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