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Letter from the Editor, #759

Dec 10, 2014

This past Thursday I got to see just how good cyclists can be when they’re in competition. I had qualified for the Florida Senior Games and was in Cape Coral to attempt to qualify for the nationals in the 60-64 age group. The first race was 20K and, although I averaged over 21 miles an hour, I was still over 6 minutes behind the first place finisher. In addition, across all age groups, there were many faster riders and I realized that I need more training to even keep up with the older guys.

One of my fellow riders pointed out that, even though I got smoked I was still faster than 99.9999999% of the US population across all age groups, and that just doing some physical activity could help the rest of the population immensely. This thought kind of flew in the face of the information that was in a recent Item we ran where the authors stated that, "Up to 20 percent of people with type 2 diabetes (T2D) are non-responders, that is, resistant to the beneficial effects of exercise training of all types." It turns out I was not the only one who could not agree with the authors, as our own exercise guru, Dr. Sheri Colberg provided me with a response as she answers the question, "Are There Really Exercise Non-Responders?"

For those of you who do get your patients to exercise it might be advisable to also have them eat some yogurt after they finish, and let them know that GLP-1 analogs could be the best appetizer for their Christmas dinners.


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