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Diabetes wellness: dive into physical activity by Mary E. Sanders

Doris was surprised by her recent diabetes diagnosis. Although she’s never been an active person, Doris thought that adding only 15 lbs. (6.8 kg) of excess weight during her 70 years meant she wouldn’t be at risk for a disease commonly associated with people who are overweight or obese. She learned that even a 15-lb. weight gain increases a person’s risk of diabetes by 50%. In turn, losing as little as 11 lbs. (4.5 kg) can reduce a person’s risk of diabetes by the same percentage (Daniels, 2006).

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