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Colberg-Ochs Chairs Committee that Writes Position Paper on Exercise and Diabetes for National Journals

A joint position paper of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association, written by a combined ACSM/ADA committee chaired by Sheri Colberg-Ochs, professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University, was published concurrently in the December 2010 issue of the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise and the ADA journal Diabetes Care.

In the introduction of the statement on "Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes," the authors note: "Diabetes has become a widespread epidemic, primarily because of the increasing prevalence and incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)." They add: "The intent is to recognize that many types of physical movement may have a positive effect on physical fitness, morbidity, and mortality in individuals with T2DM."

The statement includes the following conclusion: "Exercise plays a major role in the prevention and control of insulin resistance, prediabetes, gestational diabetes mellitus, type 2 (T2DM) diabetes mellitus, and diabetes-related health complications. Both aerobic and resistance training improve insulin action, at least acutely, and can assist with the management of blood glucose levels, lipids, blood pressure, cardiovascular risk, mortality, and quality of life, but exercise must be undertaken regularly to have continued benefits and likely include regular training of varying types. Most persons with T2DM can perform exercise safely as long as certain precautions are taken. The inclusion of an exercise program or other means of increasing overall physical activity is critical for optimal health in individuals with T2DM."

Bob Spina, the chair of ODU's human movement sciences department, said, "This is an important public health issue in terms of prescribing exercise for people with type 2 diabetes. The position statement is extremely well done."

Colberg-Ochs, who specializes in diabetes and exercise research, is a frequent national lecturer and author. She has written eight books and more than 200 articles on exercise, diabetes, healthy lifestyles, fitness, nutrition, aging, weight loss, diabetic Latinos and more.

This article was posted on: November 29, 2010

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