Diabetes

Question
Posted by: Anna | 2009/03/30

Q.

Exercise for elderly diabetics

My father is a type 2 diabetic for aprox. 20 years now. about 3 years ago he had a bi-pass and as result of incorrect bloodpressure meds sufferred damage to his eyes and kidneys. My father is 68 years old and have not been very active for most of his life. He is not over weight, but has lost a lot of muscle. He has asked my to help him exercise, but I need a few pointers such as how regular and what type of excercise I can get him to do, without hurting him. I understand that a diabetic' s muscle tissue is very fragile. Please give me an idea of how I can help him.

Thank you,

Anna

Expert's Reply

A.

Diabetes expert

Your father should be evaluated by his doctor first - as he has several risk factors. A biokineticist may also be able to assist with planning an exercise program for him. Several factors will determine what he can do - diabetes complications, his cardiac functioning status, if his diabetes and blood pressure is controlled, on what medication he is, etc. It is thus necessary for him to plan this with his health care team - it is very positive that he wants to exercise and great that you want to support him - continue with your positive efforts.

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Posted by: Jo | 2009/04/03

Walk the dog for more than 30min a day!

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Posted by: Jo | 2009/04/03

Walk the dog for more than 30min a day!

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Posted by: Anna | 2009/04/01

Thank you.

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