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Ask the Diabetes Educator: Exercise and Diabetes

This post is the first installment in a new blog series about diabetes. Do you have a question about diabetes for our expert? Ask in the comments section below and we will answer it.

Gwen Girdler, RN, BSN, CDE
Outpatient Diabetes Educator
Lexington Medical Center

Exercise plays a huge role in diabetes management. Aerobic exercise and/or resistance training can be as effective at lowering A1C as pharmacotherapy. Aerobic exercise 4-7 times/week for at least 30 minutes has a long list of benefits. A few examples of aerobic exercise include brisk walking, swimming, cycling and dancing.

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Safety is important when beginning an exercise regimen. If you’re taking insulin or medications that can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), test your blood sugar 30 minutes before exercising and approximately every 30 minutes during exercise. That will help you determine if your blood sugar level is stable, rising or falling, and if it’s safe to keep exercising.

Blood sugar lower than 100 mg/dL may be too low to exercise safely. In that case, eat a small, carbohydrate-containing snack, such as peanut butter and crackers before you begin your workout. If you’re new to exercise, ease into it; start with 10 minutes of exercise at a time, gradually work up to 30 minutes a day, with two days of strength training.

Exercise Facts

1) Lowers your blood sugar
2) Improves insulin sensitivity, which means your body’s insulin works better
3) Lowers your risk for heart disease
4) Improves circulation
5) Helps to build and tone muscles and reduces body fat
6) Reduces stress and enhances quality of life

LMC Earns “Gold Plus” Stroke Award

For the fifth time, Lexington Medical Center has received a “Gold Plus” Quality Achievement award for stroke care from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program. The “Gold Plus” award is the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for stroke care and recognizes commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients.

“Lexington Medical Center is proud to receive this award as it demonstrates our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing effective, evidence-based stroke care,” said Vicky Hicks, RN, BSN, CPHQ, outcomes coordinator at Lexington Medical Center.

www.heart.org_idc_groups_heart-public__private__wcm__hcm__gwtg_documents_downloadable_ucm_461524.pdfThe honor goes to hospitals with excellent adherence to stroke quality indicators and measures for two or more consecutive years, including timely treatment, aggressive use of proven medications, therapy, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.
According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

A stroke occurs when a clot blocks a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and begins to die. Warning signs include weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, facial drooping, confusion and the inability to talk. Risk factors for stroke are untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol. Stroke is an emergency. Call 911 at the first sign of stroke. Modifying your lifestyle can help prevent stroke.

stroke“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines® National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “Lexington Medical Center’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

Lexington Medical Center also has certification from Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc. as a Primary Stroke Center in the Midlands. The Certification Program for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes organizations that follow the best practices for stroke care. Achieving Primary Stroke Center Certification indicates the hospital’s dedication to cultivating better outcomes for patients.

May is Stroke Month. Think FAST to remember the warning signs of stroke.

Face – Look for an uneven smile.
Arm – Check if one arm is weak.
Speech – Has speech become difficult?
Time – Call 9-1-1 immediately.

The Diabetes Epidemic

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that the number of Americans with diabetes is increasing – and that 1 in 4 people don’t even know they have it. The details of the report are outlined in this story from NBC Nightly News.