Our expert says:
You say that you are now 47 which is the age when most people start developing problems with reading at close range. I do not think that this is a sign of diabetes and would suggest that you have your eyes tested at your local optician. Working at the computer for hours will also add to the eye strain - discuss this with the optician. If you need to address your weight to prevent potential problems like diabetes, etc, then I would recommend that you consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will assess your present diet and make recommendations regarding weight loss (for example a low-fat, low-GI diet may be advantageous for you). Seeing that you have had two knee replacements I can understand that you are probably not able to do standard exercise, but you could investigate using swimming (an excellent aerobic exercise) to increase your energy expenditure (see if there is a heated pool ner you where you could work out every day for 30 -60 min). Overall weight loss will also reduce your tummy, but you can ask Fitness Doc on this Website for a set of home exercises that target the tummy (like situps), but mention the 2 knee ops when you post this request.
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