Diabetes continues to be a growing health threat. In 2003 the number of Americans with diabetes rose to an all-time estimated high of 18.2 million. This condition also continues to be the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Personal fitness trainers are tremendously important in fighting the diabetes epidemic. Your work toward helping clients exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet can significantly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Angela, a litigation partner at a San
Francisco law firm, was a perfectly healthy 36-year-old woman who had just adopted a 4-month-old Guatemalan baby. On July 30, 2002, she was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma.
Metabolic syndrome is a collection of health risks that increase an individual’s chances of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. These health risks include excessive fat tissue in the abdominal area, glucose intolerance, unhealthy cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Metabolic syndrome is closely associated with insulin resistance. Also known as “syndrome X,” the condition is often seen in seniors and those who are overweight.
Do you or any of your clients suffer from knee osteoarthritis? If so, you might be interested in the results of a recent review of all randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials on oral glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate that was published in the July 14, 2003, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
National Osteoporosis Awareness Month may be next month, but reminders about enhancing bone health are always appropriate. For example, you can remind your clients that the best defense against osteoporosis is to develop strong bones, especially before the age of 30, and that regular exercise has been shown to encourage bone growth throughout life.
In 1993 Brandon Flowers made a major career change. A catastrophe claims representative and supervisor for years, when the corporate climate shifted in a new direction, Brandon decided he would, too. This former college shot-putter and discus thrower had never lost touch with his active lifestyle, and since moving to California he had discovered personal fitness training. “This attracted my attention as a unique way to motivate people toward a healthier lifestyle, and also an opportunity to be a teacher and mentor,” Brandon says.
Resistance Exercise and Fat Metabolism
Melanson, E.L., et al. 2002. Resistance and aerobic exercise have similar effects on 24-hour nutrient oxidation. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 34 (11), 1793-800.
The statistics about heart disease are not very heartening: Since 1918, cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been the leading cause of mortality in the United States every single year (Hasler, Kundrat & Wool 2000). According to the American Heart Association (AHA), CVD claims the lives of nearly half of the 2.4 million Americans who die each year—almost as many lives as the next seven leading causes of death combined (AHA 2002).