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Dr. Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., FACSM

(Advisory Board Member) Sheri Colberg, PhD, also known as Sheri Colberg-Ochs, is an author, exercise physiologist, and professor emerita of exercise science at Old Dominion University and a former 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 has specialized in research on diabetes and exercise and healthy lifestyles and shaped physical activity recommendations for professional organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine, American Diabetes Association, and American Association of Diabetes Educators. She has authored 11 books, along with 24 book chapters and more than 300 articles on physical activity, diabetes, healthy lifestyles, and aging. In addition to her educational website, Diabetes Motion (www.diabetesmotion.com), she is also the founder of an academy for fitness and other professionals seeking continuing education enabling them to effectively work with people with diabetes and exercise: Diabetes Motion Academy (www.dmacademy.com). These and her own website (www.shericolberg.com) offer additional information about being active with diabetes. She is the 2016 recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award.

Can Diabetes Affect Your Ability to Exercise in Hot Weather? 

By Sheri Colberg, PhD

The arrival of summer brings to mind visions of people having fun in the sun and recreating on the beach. Still, hotter weather also creates more significant risks related to dehydration and heat stress for people who are physically active outdoors. Aging by itself negatively affects the body's ability to dissipate heat in both dry and humid environments, but having diabetes further increases the risk of developing heat stress during outdoor activities, especially when hot and humid.

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Key Exercises and Training for Aging Successfully and Living Your Best Life

By Sheri Colberg, PhD
As the years have rolled by, nothing has become more apparent to me with each passing day than the fact that aging successfully requires a lot of work. When it comes to our bodies, nothing rings truer than "If you don't use it, you lose it." This is particularly true when it comes to preventing declines arising from disuse and when trying to slow down the normal impacts of aging.

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A Potential New Oral Medication for Type 1 Diabetes and How It May Affect Exercise

By Sheri Colberg, PhD
Have you heard of TTP399? Despite its completely forgettable name used in clinical trials, this potential new oral medication may have the power to lower and stabilize blood glucose in people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). If approved, TTP399 (which would be given a spiffy new brand name) will be the first oral pill to treat T1D.

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How to Address Those Nagging Joint Injuries and Pain

By Sheri Colberg, PhD
In late 2017, one of my columns addressed whether you can determine if your joint issues are related to being active, normal aging, or diabetes. The answer was that you really couldn't determine the exact cause(s), but any or all of them may be contributors. Does it matter more if you know the underlying cause if you can figure out the best treatment?

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Sure, You May Lose Weight, But Will Going Low-Carb Impact Your Performance? 

By Sheri Colberg, PhD
With the new year upon us and resolutions made, weight loss may be on your mind, and with it, low-carb eating is one possible way to cut back on calories. Before you decide how to go about losing weight, though, you may want to consider how cutting back on your carbohydrate intake may affect your ability to be physically active.

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Be Physically Active to Boost Your Immune Response

By Sheri Colberg, PhD
In these challenging times, if we only could get a medication that would boost our immune system and response to viruses, lower all stress associated with being in a pandemic, and treat most of the pre-existing health conditions that are associated with a higher risk of dying from COVID-19, we would all be lined up for it! Guess what? We already have something that does all these things already.

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Pumping Up with Protein: Does This Work for Exercise and Health?

By Sheri Colberg, PhD
Protein is never a key exercise fuel, but it’s critical for other reasons. During most exercise, protein contributes less than 5 percent of the total energy, although it may rise to 10 to 15 percent during a prolonged event like a marathon or Ironman triathlon. Taking in enough dietary protein is important because dietary protein allows your muscles to be repaired after exercise and promotes the synthesis of hormones, enzymes, and other body tissues formed from amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

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