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Examining the role of exercise and physical activity in the management of diabetes.

Sheri Colberg 2018 Complete Interview

Sheri R. Colberg, PhD, FACSM is Professor Emerita of Exercise Science from Old Dominion University and an internationally recognized authority on diabetes and exercise. She is the author of 12 books, 27 book chapters, and over 400 articles. The author of "Exercise and Diabetes: A Clinician's Guide to Prescribing Physical Activity," published by ADA in 2013, she is also the lead author on a new ADA position statement on physical activity and diabetes published last fall. In 2016, she received the ADA Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award.

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Meds That Impact Your Exercise As A Person With Diabetes

By Sheri R. Colberg, PhD, FACSM
If you take any other medications to help lower your blood cholesterol, manage your blood pressure, or control other health problems, be aware that some of them can potentially impact your ability to be physically active. Although most drugs do not affect exercise, several common nondiabetes medications with such potential effects are statins, beta-blockers, diuretics, vasodilators, and blood thinners.

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Aiming for an Ideal Exercise Blood Glucose

Dr. Sheri Colberg on Avoid Weight Gain from Insulin Use and Treating Lows

By Sheri R. Colberg, PhD, FACSM

There is no official ideal blood glucose range to start with and maintain during physical activity, but we do know that being too low negatively impacts performance, as does being too high. As for what blood glucose target or range most athletes aim for, it depends on a number of factors, including the type, intensity, and duration of their activity. A consensus statement about exercise and type 1 diabetes published in The Lancet in 2017 suggested that a reasonable target for most people doing aerobic exercise lasting up to an hour is 126 to 180 mg/dL (7.0 to 10.0 mmol/L), only aiming higher for added protection against lows in some situations.

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