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Walking to Better Diabetic Health

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There’s nothing like a great fall festival to bring a community together, and the Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson, TX is one coming up you will want to check out. Happening October 4-5, 2014 at Cottonwood Park, this festival is all about showcasing art—but of course will have some great live music, food, drinks, and a children’s area. It will be a nice opportunity to get out, walk around and enjoy the beauty of the season. If you have diabetes, this is a great reason to get out and be active as walking is one of the recommended forms of exercise for those with this disease.

You may wonder what good a little walk can do, but let us share with you just a few of the great health benefits of walking if you have diabetes. First and foremost, it helps improve the way your body handles glucose. As your muscles work during exercise they are able to absorb blood sugar, which helps prevent it from building up in your blood. Second, a regular walking routine will boost your cardiovascular fitness. This is important as those with diabetes are at an increased risk of heart disease. Third, obesity can have a significant effect on your ability to manage your diabetes—walking will burn calories and help with weight loss if you are carrying around extra weight. Last, walking can also keep your cholesterol levels in check, strengthen your bones and muscles, and lower stress.

We encourage you to always discuss with your doctor what types and how much exercise is safe for you to do. It will be important to monitor your glucose levels along the way, bring a carbohydrate along with you, and wear well-fitting, supportive shoes so your feet stay comfortable and free of injury. A small blister can form on even a short walk around the neighborhood and turn into a serious wound—always wear shoes that fit your feet.

Richardson Podiatry Associates helps many patients with diabetic foot care and are available if you have any questions or concerns. Contact Dr. Gene Reister at our office in Richardson, TX by calling (972) 690-5374, or you can make an appointment request through our website. 

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