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ENHANCING INSULIN ACTION WITH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO PREVENT AND CONTROL DIABETES

Colberg, Sheri R. Ph.D., FACSM

ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal: March/April 2008 - Volume 12 - Issue 2 - pp 16-22
doi: 10.1249/01.FIT.0000312407.09637.1d
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LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • To understand the importance of physical activity in enhancing insulin action in muscles and why regular exercise improves blood glucose control in diabetic individuals and often prevents the onset of type 2 diabetes mellitus. A secondary objective is to learn which types and intensities of exercise are most beneficial to diabetes control and prevention.

This article describes how physical activity improves insulin action and works to prevent and control diabetes and identifies which types and intensities of exercise are most beneficial.

Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D., FACSM, is an associate professor of Exercise Science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Her research focuses on exercise and diabetes, including prevention and reversal of diabetic complications with exercise. She is the author of numerous articles and five books, including The Diabetic Athlete (2001), Diabetes-Free Kids (2005), The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan (2006), 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes (2007), and The Science of Staying Young (2007). Her myriad of articles and books can be accessed through her Web site at www.shericolberg.com.

© 2008 American College of Sports Medicine