Diabetes: What’s Exercise Got to Do With It?
Before we say goodbye to November, all of us at Goldsmith Podiatry want to recognize Diabetes Awareness Month. This disease affects more than 30 million Americans and it can have a serious impact on the health of your feet. If you are diabetic or at risk for developing the disease, exercise can play a big role in preventing and controlling this disease.
When you are on the move, your cells are more sensitive to insulin and work more efficiently. Consistent exercise can help lower blood glucose and improve your A1C. It can also help you lose weight, fight other conditions, such as high blood pressure (often associated with diabetes), increase joint flexibility, and improve your mood and general health. So, what’s stopping you?
Below are some common reasons patients say they can’t exercise and some counterpoints to help you overcome them.
“I don’t have a spare 30 minutes in my day to devote to exercise.”
The trick is to see exercise as much of a priority as doctor’s appointments and work deadlines. Each week look at your calendar and figure out where you can fit in exercise. Then, pencil it in like you would any other important appointment or event. If you can’t do 30 minutes, try 20 minutes. The important thing is to be purposeful and to get started.
“I don’t know what type of exercise I should be doing.”
Start by talking to your physicians about the best type of exercise for you. Your doctors can recommend activities that will be aerobic, strengthening and safe. Try something simple like walking to get you started. If feasible, take a class or book a few sessions with a personal trainer to get an exercise routine that’s right for you.
“I don’t have the gear and can’t afford a lot of expensive equipment.”
There are plenty of exercises that don’t require big machines or lots of equipment. One item you should invest in, however, is proper footwear for the activity you choose. Our podiatrists, Dr. Howard Goldsmith and Dr. Rosanna Troia will be happy to evaluate your feet and make recommendations for the best shoe designs for you. It’s important that shoes fit properly without any pinching, rubbing or friction which could result in sores on your feet.