(CARLSBAD, CA) – Diabetes. It’s the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. It’s the main cause of kidney failure, limb amputations, adult onset blindness, and a major cause of heart disease and stroke. You know it’s serious. But, do you know how many people it affects and how you can take immediate steps to fight it?
According to the American Diabetes Association, 23.6 million Americans currently have diabetes. That’s almost eight percent of the entire population. An additional 57 million people have pre-diabetes, and 1.6 million new cases are diagnosed in adults every year.
Treatment for diabetes typically includes medication and diet modification. But, doctors from coast to coast are prescribing a new method of treatment that has everyone taking notice. Exercise.
Here’s how it works: When you exercise, your muscles need extra energy. Glucose provides this fuel. Exercising continuously at a moderate pace causes your muscles to soak up glucose at nearly 20 times the normal rate. Thus, exercise prevents the high glucose levels from pooling in the blood.
What types of exercise produce these dramatic benefits? According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, you need a combination of cardiovascular and strength-training exercise.
The study looked at 245 diabetic patients over a nine month time period. One group of patients participated in aerobics, another in weight-training, and the last group utilized a combination of both. At the conclusion of the nine month study, the group that most successfully lowered their blood sugar and lost weight was the group who performed both aerobic and strength-training exercises. In fact, 41 percent of the combo exercisers required less medication due to their decreased blood sugar levels.
Based upon the study results, the course of action for health-conscious individuals is clear. Whether you currently are diagnosed with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or just want to ward-off diabetes altogether, now is the time to start a combination of aerobic and weight-training exercise.
Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett choreographs these types of combination workouts for participants in more than 32,000 weekly classes all over the world. Missett recommends following these guidelines from the American Diabetes Association as you embark upon an exercise program to battle diabetes.
Talk to your doctor. Ask what forms of exercise are safe and appropriate. Your doctor can also schedule a test to see how your heart responds to exercise.
Check your blood sugar. If your blood sugar is greater than 250 milligrams per deciliter with positive ketones, then your body lacks insulin and exercise may be harmful.
Keep carbs handy. Have some carbohydrate-based foods ready during your workout and immediately following exercise.
Time your workouts. Be cautious about exercising when your medicine is reaching its peak effect. It may be appropriate to reduce your dose of long-acting or short-acting insulin depending upon your exercise regimen. Talk to your doctor before making an adjustment.
Be prepared. Wear an ID tag that states you have diabetes. Exercise with a buddy who knows you have diabetes. Talk to your instructor about diabetes and make sure that someone present knows what to do if you have a low-blood sugar reaction.
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.
The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.