Exercise Physiology Northern Beaches, Sydney

Health through exercise prescription

Ray

These case studies are to show you how real people have changed their health status drastically by introducing moderate intensity exercise into their life.

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Ray

 

Ray is 72 and had been referred by his doctor in order to manage knee pain and type 2 diabetes.

Ray follows a program which contains riding on a recumbent bike, strength activities, balance and flexibility. Within 4 sessions Ray was no longer experiencing knee pain.

Before and after each session we took Rays blood glucose readings which were

Session number Pre-workout Post workout
1 13.7 12.2
2 14.2 6.3
3 7.3 6.3
4 11.6 7.1

You can see how the regular sessions have helped to lower his blood glucose levels and now three months later his levels start at 9.6 and come down to 5.8. The aim is for Ray to keep going so that eventually he will not need medication to manage his Type 2 diabetes.

When Ray first came to the sessions his upper body strength was measured using a dynomometer. Upper body strength is an important measure to take in older adults as  muscle weakness is consistently reported as an independent risk factor for high mortality in older adults (Goodpaster et Al, 2006).

Session number Handgrip average
1 37.8kg
5 39.6kg
8 weeks later 42.75kg
% Increase 8.5%

If you would like to manage your long term health through getting into a prescribed exercise program, please contact me. Often older adults are able to get an Enhanced Primary Careplan or a Chronic Disease Management Plan from their doctors, which means that Medicare either part or fully fund 5 sessions.

Sue Cutbill 0433 151795

Reference:

Goodpaster, B., Park, S. W.,  Harris, T.B.,  Kritchevsky, S.B., Nevitt, M., et Al, 2006. Journal of Gerontology : Medical Sciences, Vol. 61A, No. 10, 1059–1064

 

 

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