By Jaime Taylor
This week, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) issued new exercise guidelines for people diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. This is the first time the ADA has issued independent guidelines for all Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes patients.
The new guidelines call for 3 or more minutes of light activity, every 30 minutes during prolonged sedentary activities for better blood sugar management. Prolonged sitting such as time at a computer, watching TV or participating in a meeting has a negative impact on preventing and/or managing health problems, including diabetes. Previous recommendations were for physical movement every 90 minutes of sedentary time.
“New ADA recommendations are safe and excellent guidelines for diabetes patients to follow when regulating blood sugar in addition to previously recommended regular exercise and diet management,” said Tracy Ballard, geriatric nurse practitioner, Mission Internal Medicine.
When 3 minutes or more of the following activities occur every 30 minutes, studies have shown improved glucose management.
- Leg lifts or extensions
- Overhead arm stretches
- Torso twists
- Side lunges
- Walking or walking in place
Movements encouraging flexibility, aerobic activity, strength training and balance have also been encouraged for older adults with Type 2 diabetes.
Tracy Ballard, GNP sees patients at Mission Internal Medicine located at 310 Long Shoals Road, Suite 100, in Arden. (828) 213-8235