"Erase Your Mistakes With Exercise" and Other Secrets to Living a Long Life With Diabetes

Diabetes Health editors think "Erase Your Mistakes With Exercise" is a real gem.

Jun 12, 2008

Sheri Colberg, PhD, who has type 1 diabetes, is an exercise physiologist at Old Dominion University who specializes in research in diabetes and exercise.  She has co-authored an inspirational and relevant book called, “50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes.”

Dr. Colberg interviewed dozens of people with diabetes from the age of 23 to over 80 years and used their experience and insights to compile the secrets in her book. She hopes to help those living with the disease today live a long, healthy life.

The book is organized into eight categories—emotion, knowledge, control, diet, exercise, medication/technology, support, and other life.

Here are a few gems:

  • Live first and be diabetic second
  • Respect the power of diabetes
  • Know your numbers and assume nothing
  • Carry a toothbrush
  • Erase your mistakes with exercise
  • Monitor regularly and vary the time of day you do so
  • Find a diabetes hero or mentor
  • Adopt a pet

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Categories: Book Reviews, Diabetes, Diabetes, Inspiration, Living with Diabetes, Motivation, Type 1 Issues

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Posted by Ladybird on 13 June 2008

Dr Colberg,

I've been reading some of your articles in the Diabetes Control newsletter. Since I was diagnosed with Type 2 about three years I've become "religious" about exercising, losing weight and most important maintaining it. I've managed to become one of those who've made it to the Weight Loss Registry and thus now have no choice but to keep it up!!

I see the first important point you've made is: Live first and then be a Diabetic after that. I'm not sure if that's always possible. Yes, definitely enjoy Life always, I do but I sometimes see find that both come together almost all the time. Rules are made to be broken, sure, but not too many times. I'd rather be "safe" and have that bite of the chocolate cake once a blue moon and enjoy it rather than more often.

One most important rule I've made for myself is "Never say I'll never eat that again". I know then I can always have it when ever I really want it.

Another important point I've understood, for me, at least is that if we are small built - I'm 4'10" - every pound we put on makes a difference to our A1c. At 102 lbs I was 5.9, at 109 it went up to 6.5. When I go for my new blood tests, weighing less, I'll see if I'm right.

We, diabetics must never give up, even when the weight doesn't seem to come off, keep on trying, it will eventually.

I will be buying your book, Dr Colberg for more ideas; we need them all the time.

Posted by seashore on 15 June 2008

The most important recommendation for a diabetic is a low-carb diet. No amount of exercise will work without that.

Posted by AnnetteUK on 3 March 2010

My 52 years with Juv/Diab have been blessed with two miracle drugs..the first being insulin..the second... a great sense of humour and laughter!!
The second blessing helps the first..


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