What Moves You?
I CHOSE A desk job: magazine editing. Which means I really have to
strive to get daily physical activity (crossing out typos doesn’t count).
Sure, I can take the stairs and grab a 10-minute walk break—short
bouts add up. But to get 30 minutes of sustained physical activity,
I need to make an effort. Confession: I find that difficult.
So I’ve resolved to change my attitude
and get back to specific “get moving”
goals, inspired by the athletes with
diabetes featured in this issue—from
cover star Elizabeth Profit to exercise
physiologist Nathan LeBrasseur to
Ironman Cliff Scherb. They’ve got me
thinking about exercise not as a chore
but as a way to respect my body.
Although my pancreas went on strike,
I can ease the burden on my other
organs by keeping active.
I’ve experienced the benefits of
regular exercise: controlled blood sugar,
blood pressure, and cholesterol;
improved mental outlook; and increased
comfort in the jeans department. I also know that exercising daily
may bring adjustments in therapy—the need to reduce amounts
or types of medication, stock up on glucose tablets, and check blood
sugar more often—changes that can make me cranky (I know—I’ll
get over it).
For people in the diabetes community dealing with nerve
damage, wheelchair use, or rapidly progressing eye complications,
exercise modifications or supervision may be necessary. In unsafe
neighborhoods, finding a place to exercise can be a challenge.
Those are real issues.
Whatever your circumstances, I do hope you’ll share your
moments of athletic triumph—and tell us what moves you. I’d like
to print your inspiring stories in this magazine.
My best feeling ever? Racing my teenage son to the finish line
after doing a couch-to-5K running program. Now it’s time to get off
the couch and do it all over again. Because I know I can, we can—
each in our way and at our own speed, moving forward together.
Feeling stressed? Call 1-800-342-2383 for a
free copy of the booklet Coping With Diabetes:
A Handbook for Women With Diabetes and
Their Families. Gentlemen, we’ll send you one
free, too, or call and tell us which of our many
other guides you’d prefer to receive.
Are you involved in community efforts that
address type 2 diabetes care in high-risk
populations? Sign up for the ADA Disparities
Partnership Forum, “Overcoming Diabetes:
Diabetes Care in High Risk Populations,”
October 22–23. Care providers and the public
are invited. Learn more at
Kelly Rawlings, PWD* type 1