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Sheri Colberg Part 2, New Position on Exercise and Diabetes

In part 2 of this Exclusive Interview, Sheri Colberg talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the ADA meeting in San Diego, California about the types of exercise that are good for everyone.

Sheri Colberg, PhD, FACSM is Professor Emerita of Exercise Science at Old Dominion University in Virginia and a member of the Diabetes in Control Advisory Board.

Transcript of this video segment:

Steve Freed – So, what’s new about the new position statement from the ADA?

Sheri Colberg — Well, what makes it really unique is that it has been a long time since one hasn’t just focus on a particular type of diabetes. For example, ADA had one that was done jointly with the American College of Sports Medicine in 2010, but it was just focused on type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. So, this one actually includes type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, so it kind of covers the whole gamut of anybody who could possibly have diabetes and what the recommendations would be for that. So, what we have also included in that is that pretty much everyone with diabetes should be doing four types of activities, if that isn’t enough to add into your daily life. Aerobic or cardio training for sure. That could just be simply walking. Resistance training, and there are many ways to do that, but that is really critically important. Flexibility training, which was in prior position statements, but there’s been a bigger emphasis now on balance training and how important that is, especially with an aging population. Because one of the biggest issues is that we have people who are falling and people with diabetes actually have a 17-time greater risk of having a fall and getting injured from that fall, and so really if you can prevent that by improving balance, you are doing a wealth of good in terms of preserving quality of life as well as longevity.

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