Exercise, Depression, Diabetes
People with diabetes are more likely to suffer from depression than people who don’t have diabetes. Regular exercise is one way to help. It can keep your mood more stable and just generally help your state of mind.
There are also plenty of other exercise benefits that are especially helpful for people with diabetes:
- Help with weight control
- Improved use in the way your body uses insulin
- Decrease in the risk of heart disease
The exercise doesn’t have to be vigorous, it just has to be regular. And it’s best to do it for 30 minutes or more on most days.
Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders
Eye Protection for Sports?
Which sports should you wear eye protection for, and which sports are relatively risk-free? According to an article in The Physician and Sports Medicine, the highest risk sports are those that use projectiles, fingers, sticks and close contact. These would include baseball, hockey, lacrosse, squash, racquetball, boxing and paint ball.
Moderate risk activities include fishing, football, soccer, volleyball, tennis, badminton and water polo.
Cycling, skiing, swimming, diving, non-contact martial arts and wrestling are low-risk activities, and gymnastics and track and field are relatively risk-free.
Source: The Physician and Sports Medicine, June 2000
There’s a good chance that you’re eligible to give blood. You need to be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds, and not have donated blood in the last 56 days. And you’re never too old to give blood.
It takes about 10 minutes to give blood. Most people feel fine afterwards, although a small number of people have upset stomach, a feeling of faintness or dizziness or a black and blue mark at the injection site.
The American Red Cross takes blood donations all four seasons of the year. To find out where you can give blood, call
1-800-GIVE-LIFE or call your local Red Cross.
Source: The American Red Cross
Pass the Exercise Habit Along
One of the best things you can do for your kids is to pass an exercise habit along to them. Kids imitate the adults, so if you set the tone for an active lifestyle, they’re likely to follow in your footsteps.
You probably won’t be able to include the kids in all of your workouts, but save a day or two per week for family activity. Bike riding, taking walks, ice skating—these are things everyone in the family can do together. It’s a lot better than spending the whole weekend staring at the television or computer.