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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Raelene E. Maser, PhD (University of Delaware)
Description: Although exercise is one of the cornerstones in the overall management of diabetes, exercise can be a challenging factor for individuals to incorporate and use as a management tool. Due to the different types of diabetes as well as the various therapeutic regimens used in its treatment, global recommendations regarding exercise can be vague and may therefore contribute to the underutilization of exercise as a management tool.
Purpose: The author of this book provides guidance for individuals to safely and successfully include exercise as a part of their diabetes management plan.
Audience: Although written for the individual with diabetes, any healthcare professional involved in helping individuals to start and continue exercise programs will find the book to be a helpful resource.
Features: Specifically, the author covers both the fundamental interactions between exercise and diabetes control while describing how certain diabetes-related complications can affect an individual's exercise prescription. In addition, recommendations are given for dietary and medication strategies for 86 different activities along with insights for using other diabetes management tools (e.g., blood glucose monitoring) so that individuals can achieve the benefits of that physical activity while maintaining good blood glucose control. Individuals using an insulin pump should find the insulin pump guidelines very useful.
Assessment: The author, an exercise physiologist, uses her personal experience as a diabetic athlete as well as the experiences of other diabetic athletes to provide a significant resource for anyone wanting to know how to safely obtain benefit from just about every conceivable form of physical activity.