September 2008

People with type 2 diabetes developed better blood sugar control if they combined aerobic exercise with lifting weights, according to a recent Canadian study. Researchers split participants into four groups:

  • Aerobic exercise only
  • Resistance training only
  • Aerobic exercise and resistance training
  • No assigned excercise

After 22 weeks, hemoglobin A1c levels improved for all three exercise groups but those who got aerobic exercise and also lifted weights had the biggest improvement. There was no improvement in the non-exercise group. An editorial published with the study in the Annals of Internal Medicine says "Doctors should prescribe exercise to all type 2 diabetes patients who are healthy enough to work out".

 Photo courtesy of New York Times 

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My patients with type 2 diabetes realize that blood sugar control, a balanced diet, weight management, regular exercise, and checkups are essential to their overall health. However,  many don’t realize that regular care of EVERY part of their body is extremely important  to avoid serious complications.

Here are the  5 biggest concerns:

  • Foot infections
  • Chronic skin infections



            In a study  funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and published in the Sept. 8 ,2008 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that adults gained substantially better control of their diabetes when using continuous glucose monitoring versus a group using conventional, intermittent blood sugar management.

A growing number of overweight American children and adolescents are being diagnosed with chronic diseases once considered illnesses of adulthood.

In addition to the well-known rise in Type 2 diabetes among U.S. youth, children affected by obesity also are suffering from fatty liver disease, hypertension, high cholesterol and sleep apnea.  Concern is