I am 54 and was diagnosed 8 years ago DB 2. I have numerous other medical issues C6 and C7 surgery that did not go well 5 years ago,2 years ago I had aTriple Bypass, 3 years ago I had a Knee injury that left me with a bakers cist. From my neck I have nerve issues in my Neck-Arms-shoulders Hands -Thumbs and Head .During my bypass They harvested the artery from my left arm and now I have extreme numbness and pain in my Arm s Thumb and hand. I want to do something to stay in shape but my knee slows me down as well as my hands what can you suggest. Oh yah to complicate matters My neck injury is Workmns Comp and theres Alot of question weather or not 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunel is what is causing my pains. Plesae give some direction how to help straighten out this mess so I can treat my DB 2 with exercise. Please please help me....

Patty Bonsignore


It sounds like you have a lot of health issues that make it challenging to get started with an exercise program. For someone in your situation, it is probably best to talk to your doctor about entering a structured physical activity program. This could be either cardiac rehab if you qualify, or rehab with a physical therapist. If you have a diabetes education program near you, they may have an exercise physiologist or other educators who might be able to help you. Sometimes personal trainers at gyms can tailor a program that will meet your needs. Because of your heart condition, make sure to check with your primary care provider or cardiologist before starting an exercise program. There are things you can do to increase your physical activity -- it’s just a matter of finding the right professional to help you.

December 22, 2011 at 9:15 am

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