According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 7% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease. Physical activity can lower your blood glucose (sugar), blood pressure, and cholesterol. It also reduces your risk for heart disease and stroke, relieves stress, and strengthens your heart, muscles, and bones. In addition, regular activity helps insulin work better and improves your blood circulation, and keeps your joints flexible. If you're trying to lose weight, a combination of physical activity and wise food choices can help you reach your target weight and maintain it. All of these benefits can be yours even if you haven't been very active before. The Mayo Clinic has some excellent advice about exercise: "Before jumping into a fitness program, get your doctor's OK to exercise - especially if you've been inactive. Discuss with your doctor which activities you're contemplating and any limitations you may have. When you're ready to exercise, start slowly. Work your way up to 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week." Diabetics and arthritics often face many obstacles to the beneficial exercise they need and our Pedlar®
Light exercise product provides a great alternative. It doesn't jar painful joints, as many exercises do, and the adjustable resistance feature allows even the most debilitated user to begin slowly, to gradually build strength and endurance, while improving cardiovascular health, flexibility and strength. The Pedlar® Light Workout Exerciser™ from Themophore.com makes it easy for people who aren't able to utilize conventional exercise bikes or treadmills, or those with limited space, to have a customized work-out right in their own home. Because of reduced circulation in their extremities, diabetics are often troubled with cold, painful feet and legs. If you often have problems with cold feet, Restless Leg Syndrome, or wake with painful, achy feet and legs, the Thermophore Bed Warmer
may be the answer to your problems. The Bed Warmer provides a safe, easy way to keep feet and legs warm during the night without the need to heat up the entire bed or raise the thermostat setting in your home. Placed under the bottom sheet, the gentle heat rises to give you cozy warmth right where you need it, for just pennies a day. Sleep more soundly to wake rested and rejuvenated in the morning.