Dr. Colberg gives us some tips on how to validate whether patients are exercising and how much. She cautions against changes in body weight as evidence of exercise: muscle mass will actually weigh more. The “clothes test” is a better option as well as checking for other physical signs such as blood pressure. There are also some online tooks and even Facebook can be used as a motivator. There are also some apps and other programs where patients can log activities which are then reported directly to a physician.
More videos in this series with Dr. Colberg:
- Sheri Colberg, PhD, ADA 2013: Introduction
- Recommended apps
- Why keeping muscle mass is important for people with diabetes
- What should people drink during exercise?
- During intense exercise, how much carbohydrate should be consumed?
- For women with gestational diabetes, what is the best amount of exercise?
- How do exercise guidelines differ for people with type 1 and 2 diabetes?
- How can clinicians respond to patient excuses for not exercising?
- Are there any popular exercise programs that stand out?
- High-intensity exercise: good or bad?
- How do you keep up your physical activity during conferences?
Sheri Colberg, PhD, is an author, exercise physiologist, and professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University and adjunct professor of internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, both in Norfolk, Virginia. Having earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, she specializes in research on diabetes and exercise and continues to conduct extensive clinical research specifically in Type 2 diabetes and exercise with funding from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), NIH, and others. She has authored eight books, along with more than 175 research and educational articles on physical activity, diabetes, healthy lifestyles, and aging. More information is available about Dr. Colberg at www.shericolberg.com.
Diabetes In Control is honored to have Dr. Colberg as a member of our Advisory Board and frequent contributor to our newsletter. You can find her articles here.