Exercise and Diabetes

by Eric Durak |   Date Released : 02 Aug 2001
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Eric Durak

About the author: Eric Durak

Eric Durak is the President of Medical Health and Fitness in Santa Barbara, CA, and the director of Cancer Wellness continuing education programs worldwide. He has devoted his career to the application of exercise to individuals with medical conditions. He is the author of over 150 health and medical articles, 18 books, chapters and monographs and over 120 national and international lectures in sports medicine and health promotion. Eric has given over 40 national lectures and workshops on exercise and cancer. He was voted the top speaker at the 1996 IHRSA conference on this topic and was awarded the 1999 IHRSA Institute award for the best clinical health program in a health club. Eric directs national workshops in Exercise Medicine post rehab courses, many cancer wellness workshops and national lectures and health and medical conferences each year.

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parasiliti, peter | 21 Nov 2013, 01:41 AM

Old and outdated information. Neglects to even mention "pre-diabetes", the largest diagnosed population yearly - 60 million in 2006. Please do not call your clients living with diabetes, "diabetics" like this author does. It has become offensive as folks who happen to have diabetes can and do live normal lives. Having diabetes is like having colored eyes. It doesn't define one, it simply is just a characteristic. Working out with elevated blood sugars above 240 can actually increase blood sugar level. I'm not sure where this author got his information, so having your clients work harder can be fruitless. Your clients need to keep their blood sugar levels slightly elevated or as close to normal as possible. Testing not only before and after exercise but also during is highly recommended. And have quick acting sugar or glucose ready if blood sugar should drop during a work out. Having them purposely elevate their sugars so they can "lift heavy" is not appropriate and exposes the body to long term complications.

Peter Parasiliti, CSCS
Living with type 1 Diabetes since 1983

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