November is American Diabetes Awareness Month: Get Moving to Manage This All Too Common Disease

Making a Change

Even if you’ve suffered with diabetes for years, it’s never too late to begin an exercise routine. Although Type 1 diabetes is irreversible, Type 2 diabetes—often linked to obesity—can be managed and possibly reversed. According to a Finnish study, people who exercise up to 4 hours a week, or 35 minutes a day, lowered their risk of diabetes by 80 percent, even if they didn’t lose weight.

A Healthy Combination

Performing regular aerobic and strength training exercises is the most effective tool for managing diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes should exercise 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. Before you head to the gym, it’s important to speak with your physician. Implementing Exercise

Focusing on midsection fat can help decrease fat tissue that improperly stores insulin. Here are some exercises that increase your heart rate, work your muscles and decrease overall fat. Biking, dancing, lifting weights, swimming and walking are all good ways to reduce midsection fat.

Free Classes for Summit Patients

Summit offers free diabetes education classes for patients and family members in Maryville, Jefferson City, Sevierville, Oak Ridge, Lenoir City, Strawberry Plains, Greeneville, LaFollette, Roane County and Maynardville and in several locations in Knoxville. Classes focus on nutrition skills, blood sugar pattern management, and setting goals for lifestyle management. In addition, a free support group for additional coaching and resources is offered the fourth Thursday of every third month from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in the Atrium Building/Summit Corporate Office, Weisgarber Road, Knoxville.