APTA Responds to USAToday.com Article on Prediabetes

May 22, 2009

Dear Editor:

In "Group Calls for Aggressive Treatment of Prediabetes" by Mary Brophy Marcus, diabetes experts recommend aggressive lifestyle interventions, such as weight loss and 30-60 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days a week, to treat pre-diabetes. One of the best guarantees for preventing diabetes is to remain physically fit and maintain an ideal body weight and a physical therapist can help through an expertly tailored fitness plan.

People who are overweight or obese may be at high risk for injury from an improper exercise regime. Range of motion, mobility, and flexibility may be reduced thereby increasing chances of injury.

Physical therapists can mean the difference between success and failure. They are experts at incorporating joint protection and safety into an individualized exercise program. Their understanding of the difficulties individuals may encounter, their close monitoring of individual progress, and use of specific, appropriate exercise guidelines provides the guidance and structure many need to achieve results.

Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com.

Yours sincerely,

Emilio J. Rouco
Director, Public Relations and Marketing
American Physical Therapy Association