I am diabetic and I know that diet and exercise are both important in controlling my diabetes. I am also disabled (I have spina bifida and am partially paralyzed from the waist down). I use a wheelchair when I am out in public. It is getting harder to get around. What kind of exercises can I do ? It is hard for me to control my weight with just diet and my meds.

Amy Campbell


While you certainly have some challenges, the good news is that there are types of physical activity that you can do. In fact, you can become more physically fit and help your diabetes control by doing upper body exercises. Using small hand weights or resistance bands are great ways to tone and strengthen your upper body. You might also think about joining a water exercise program – find out what’s available in your community. In addition, talk to your healthcare provider about getting a referral to an exercise physiologist or physical therapist who will be able to work with you and design an activity program that’s best suited for you. Joslin Diabetes Center has an exercise DVD called Keep Moving!…Keep Healthy with Diabetes, available on Joslin’s website at The exercises on this DVD can be performed standing or seated.

January 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm