The American Diabetes Association and the American College of Sports Medicine have jointly published updated guidelines for physical activity for those with type II diabetes. The last set of Recommendations were published in 2000 and these new recommendations incorporate the new research since then.

Highlights include:

  • At least 2.5 total hours of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity a week.
  • Brisk walking may be vigorous for sedentary individuals.
  • At least 3 days of exercise per week with no more than 2 days between exercise sessions.
  • Resistance training should also be included.
  • For many, SUPERVISED exercise should be provided initially.

This paper points out that much research has shown that aerobic and resistance exercise has a separate and additive affect on blood glucose transportation.  This is no small finding.

While I am not advocating that Physical Therapists become front line clinicians in the fight on Diabetes, many – if not the majority in some regions – patients coming to see us have Diabetes.  This is a perfect time to educate and incorporate into a home program (if appropriate) ways for them to better manage their diabetes.  We should not look past this opportunity to help.

Would enjoy hearing anyone’s experience with diabetes and exercise.