Risky Business?

The American Diabetes Association states that a graded exercise (or stress) test may be helpful if you are beginning a moderate- to high-intensity physical activity program, particularly if you are at high risk for cardiovascular disease, based on one of the following criteria:
Age over 35 years
Age over 25 years and you have had Type 2 diabetes for more than 10 years or Type 1 diabetes for more than 15 years
Presence of any additional risk factors for coronary artery disease, such as high blood pressure, high blood-fat levels, or family history of heart disease
Presence of microvascular disease, including retinopathy (diabetic eye disease) or nephropathy (diabetic kidney disease)
Peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation to areas of the body outside the heart and brain, such as the legs, feet, arms, kidneys, or stomach)
Autonomic neuropathy (damage to nerves that control automatic functions in the body) Read More “Risky Business?”

Step It Up!

Daily walking has been shown to reduce visceral adipose tissue (fat around the belly) and improve insulin sensitivity. The 10,000 steps is a concept begun in Japan more than 30 years ago and it’s now spreading across the United States as a target level for daily exercise. All you need to get started is a pedometer to track your steps. You can purchase a basic model at any sports store for less than $20. Clip it firmly to your belt or waistband and you’re ready to go. Read More “Step It Up!”

Meal-Planning Resources

Planning meals is easier when you’ve got the right resources on hand. The books and other products listed here may help.

American Dietetic Association
(800) 877-1600, ext. 5000
Publishes books and educational materials on healthy eating and meal planning for diabetes, including the American Dietetic Association Guide to Eating Right When You Have Diabetes.

American Diabetes Association
(800) 342-2383
(800) 232-6733 (to order books) (to order books)
Publishes numerous books, cookbooks, and educational materials on healthy eating including the series Month of Meals, each with a different culinary theme, and Exchange Lists for Meal Planning.

Diabetes Self-Management
(800) 664-9269 (for book orders only)
Publishes Quick & Easy Meals and Menus, a menu planner that allows the reader to mix and match breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack menus at several calorie levels. Carbohydrate information is included, and complete nutrition analyses are given for recipes.

International Diabetes Center
(888) 637-2675
Publishes books and educational materials for people with diabetes, including the 16-page pamphlet Staying Healthy with Type 2 Diabetes and the pocket-size My Food Plan Companion for Kids & Teens.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
(301) 654-3327
Publishes the free booklets I Have Diabetes: What Should I Eat?, I Have Diabetes: When Should I Eat?, and I Have Diabetes: How Much Should I Eat?, as well as other publications about diabetes.

TableTop Nutrition
(425) 898-9431

Produces the Diabetes Place Mat Kit, which uses color and food illustrations as well as food lists to help with meal planning. Place mat can be written on with a dry erase marker and wiped clean for repeated uses. Read More “Meal-Planning Resources”

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