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.
For more opportunities to learn about diabetes and exercise:
• Attend the 2011 CDA/CSEM Professional Conference and Annual Meetings.
For more information, visit diabetes.ca/for-professionals/conference/program-updates
• In 2012, look for “Diabetes and Exercise” workshops in your area.
For more information, visit diabetes.ca/community
Ian Blumer, MD, Chair, Dissemination & Implementation Committee
Canadian Diabetes Association 2008 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada
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.