Exercise can help fight diabetes


February 3, 2011

The CDC has recently released a report that has found that approximately 26 million Americans have diabetes and more than a quarter of them are seniors. Consequently, it's important to take some prevention measures during the golden years but, even if one already has the disease, the same treatment may work – physical exercise, according to AARP.org.

This doesn't mean hitting the gym and exhausting oneself by lifting weights. Diabetics need to be mindful of their health, so the fitness program should be tailored to their unique needs. Instead, some experts recommend 150 minutes a week of moderately intense exercise, such as walking, with no more than two days a week off.

"A lot of [people with diabetes] cut that out, because of fear of falling or balance," exercise scientist Sheri Colberg-Ochs told the news source. "But if you simply start with standing more, that helps. Then take more steps as you're able. Then you can add in aerobic or resistance training."

If one is afraid of falling, then it may be best to invest in a medical alarm system. This device can be used to immediately send a personal emergency response message to doctors or neighbors if one experiences an unexpected health condition.

Resistance training that covers five to 10 different exercises and targets all muscle groups should also be added to a workout regimen. And, last of all, simply being a little more mobile during the day can benefit seniors as well.