Physical Activity and Exercise - For Professionals
It’s time to have the conversation with your patients, and the Canadian Diabetes Association is here to help.
You should know:
• Low physical fitness is as strong a risk factor for mortality as smoking.1
• Fitness level is one of the strongest predictors of all-cause mortality in people with diabetes.1
• Physical activity levels of Canadians have fallen dramatically over the last 40 years.
• Physical activity can be as powerful as glucose-lowering medication…with fewer side effects.2
You should know:
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!
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 healthcare team should repeatedly recommend, regardless of a person’s starting point, a regular pattern of physical activity.
1. 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.
2. 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.
Building Competency in Diabetes Education: Physical Activity & Exercise
CDA is holding a number of workshops across Canada to help diabetes-educators educate their patients on the importance of physical activity and exercise counselling.
The workshop helps to supplement the newly released Building Competency in Diabetes Education: Physical Activity and Exercise resource manual that was developed to address the lack of resources available for diabetes care providers (physicians, nurses, dieticians, social workers, pharmacists, and physiotherapists) working with individuals with diabetes.
Physical Activity & Exercise Supplementary BrochuresTo help you determine which brochure you should give your clients based on their stage of readiness and activity level, they have been broken into three groups:
Group 1 – Education and Awareness
1. Brochure 1 ~ Benefits of physical activity
Group 2 – Turning Plans into Action
2. Brochure 2 ~ Planning for regular physical activity
3. Brochure 3 ~ Intro resistance program
Group 3 – Building on Success
4. Brochure 4 ~ Maintaining Aerobic Exercise
5. 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.
Physical Activity & Exercise Videos
Diabetes Resistance Exercise: Introduction
Diabetes Resistance Exercise: Band Workout
Diabetes Resistance Exercise: Dumbbell Workout
Diabetes Resistance Exercise: Additional Core Exercises
Diabetes Resistance Exercise: Video Credits