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New Joslin Book Gets People with Diabetes Moving in the New Year

BOSTON – January 4, 2007 – So you vowed to adopt a more active lifestyle in the new year, but you have diabetes and are not sure where to begin? Wonder how to control your blood glucose while dancing, walking or swimming? Do you have to take special precautions if you have diabetes complications such as eye or kidney disease or nerve damage? How can you stay motivated to keep active long after the holiday decorations have been put away?

Joslin Diabetes Center’s latest book, Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Physical Activity & Fitness, answers these questions and provides sound advice and useful tips for incorporating physical activity into one’s life. Written by Cathy Mullooly, M.S., R.C.E.P., C.D.E., and the staff of Joslin, this comprehensive guide is for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes – and for those newly diagnosed or who have had diabetes for years. Physical Activity & Fitness is also for those new to physical fitness as well as those looking for ways to add variety to their exercise routines while making sure they cover all the bases of good diabetes care. 

“Many people – and not just those with diabetes – have trouble designing a physical fitness program that they can stick with, enjoy and make a regular part of their lives,” says Catherine Carver, M.S., A.P.R.N., B.C., C.D.E, Vice President of Clinical Services at Joslin Clinic. “This book provides strategies for helping people find resources and overcome barriers for a safe and rewarding workout, or for finding ways to make every day activities add up to the physical activity you need to stay healthy.”

With easy-to-read charts and helpful suggestions, the authors explain strategies for managing high and low blood glucose levels while being physically active and how everyday activities can be part of a fitness plan. Physical Activity & Fitness also includes a physical activity readiness checklist, a quiz to identify barriers to becoming physically active, as well as guidelines. The book provides a handy glossary of terms, making it easy to follow for those new to diabetes.

Research has shown that physical activity can help prevent the complications of diabetes, which include heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, neuropathy and blindness, and the book goes into detail about designing programs that are safe for people with such complications. Physical Activity & Fitness guides readers through the steps of developing a fitness program that includes aerobics, resistance training and stretching.

Physical Activity & Fitness is available for $12.95 plus shipping and handling from Joslin Diabetes Center’s Online Store or by calling 1-800-344-4501. A companion book in the series is the recently published Staying Healthy with Diabetes – Nutrition & Meal Planning, which offers guidance and tips on what a meal plan should look like; carb counting; tips for cooking and baking; meal replacements and much more. Written by Amy P. Campbell, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., a dietitian at Joslin Diabetes Center, and the staff of Joslin, this book is also available from Joslin for $12.95 plus shipping and handling.