Lately I have been seeing a lot of adolescents with pre-diabetes and new diagnosis Type II. It’s quite disconcerting… I meet with them and explain their lab values and the importance of taking control now, instead of later. Like most people, these kids respond best to small, reasonable changes. If you were to ask a teenager to avoid soda and fast food, good luck. You might as well tell them you want to take away their video games and cell phone while you’re at it.
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Fall is around the corner and it’s a great time to get outside and get some exercise! I find that some people get off-track with their healthy lifestyle changes about this time of year – thanks to holiday food, it getting dark after work, and of course it gets colder. The fact is though that 1/3 of adults in the U.S. report no physical activity throughout their week. If you’ve read this blog in the past, then you know that I stress that the minimum exercise goal you should be setting for a week is 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity.