It’s time to have the conversation with your patients, and the Canadian Diabetes Association is here to help.
You should know:
Physical activity can be as powerful as glucose-lowering medication… with fewer side effects.2
Physical activity levels of Canadians have fallen dramatically over the last 40 years.
Fitness level is one of the strongest predictors of all-cause mortality in people with diabetes.1
Low physical fitness is as strong a risk factor for mortality as smoking.1
Most people with diabetes or those at risk for diabetes do not meet the Canadian Diabetes Association’s guidelines for aerobic and resistance exercise:
Your patients have the power to improve their blood glucose control by actively exercising 5 days a week and engaging in resistance training.
Regular physical activity, in conjunction with healthy eating and weight control, can reduce diabetes incidence by 60%.2
We must do more to encourage regular physical activity and exercise for our patients!
Practical patient tools
Here are some practical tools to help you help your patients:
These tools will help you:
Counsel your patients with diabetes regarding physical activity.
Individualize physical activity recommendations with an exercise prescription for each of your patients.
Learn specific "how-to" information for aerobic and resistance exercise and strategies to improve adherence to a regular pattern of physical activity for your patients.
Identify exercise programs and resources to recommend to your patients.
All members of the diabetes health-care team should repeatedly recommend, regardless of a person’s starting point, a regular pattern of physical activity.
Church TS, Cheng YJ, et al. Exercise capacity and body composition as predictors of mortality among men with diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2004; 27(1): 83-88.
Knowler WC, Barrett-Connor E, et al. Reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes with lifestyle intervention or metformin. N Engl J Med. 2002; 346(6):393-403.
2008 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines Expert Committee. Canadian Diabetes Association 2008 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada. Can J Diabetes. 2008; 32 (suppl 1): S1-S201.
Physical Activity & Exercise Supplementary Brochures
To help you determine which brochure you should give your patients based on their stage of readiness and activity level, they have been broken into three groups:
Group 1 – Education and Awareness
Brochure 1: Benefits of physical activity
Group 2 – Turning Plans into Action
Brochure 2: Planning for regular physical activity
Brochure 3: Intro resistance program
Group 3 – Building on Success
Brochure 4: Maintaining aerobic exercise
Brochure 5: Resistance exercise
Each brochure is specifically designed to match the appropriate message to the individual, so that they are more likely to tune-in and follow through.