According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million people in the United States have diabetes—8.3% of the total population. By 2025, says a study in Population Health Management (2012; 15, 1–7), that number will be dwarfed.
Mind-body movement professionals may want to suggest mindful exercise for their clients with arthritis, since research is showing that mind-body practices can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. A study published in the journal of the American College of Rheumatology, Arthritis Care & Research (2012; doi:10.1002/acr.21685), noted that one-third of U.S. adults aged 45 and older who have arthritis also experience anxiety or depression. In this population, anxiety is almost twice as common as depression.
Osteoporosis is not a disease typically associated with men; however, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (www.nof.org) estimates that almost 3 million American males aged 50 or older have this potentially dangerous disease. Fortunately, men can cut their future risk of developing osteoporosis by exercising regularly in their 20s.
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When you feel unwell a lot of the time, it can be a challenge to take the healthy steps you know would benefit you. New studies suggest, however, that people with chronic diseases can better succeed at making healthy choices if they apply techniques to help them create happy feelings (positive affect) and to affirm their self-worth (self-affirmation).
For people with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease, twice-weekly tai chi training appears to improve postural stability, while also increasing functional capacity and reducing falls. A challenge for people who live with Parkinson’s is that balance is impaired, reducing quality of life and increasing risk of falls and injury.
Recent scientific findings suggest that people with diabetes have a significantly higher risk of developing dementia. Fitness and wellness professionals therefore have more reasons than ever to emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyle changes, including regular physical activity, in the role of diabetes management.