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January 28, 2013 | Exam Preparation Blog

Considerations for Working with Clients With Diabetes

Diabetes is a growing concern as obesity rates among adults and children continue to rise. The good news is that simple lifestyle changes in diet and exercise can help prevent the onset of this disease.

Proper management of diabetes requires a team approach that includes physicians, diabetes educators, dieticians, exercise specialists and the individual’s self-management skills.
As an ACE-certified Personal Trainer, Health CoachAdvanced Health and Fitness Specialist or Group Fitness Instructor, you can play a vital role in helping an individual with diabetes address the challenges of this disease.

To learn more about diabetes and exercise recommendations, view our "Exercise and Type 1 Diabetes" and "Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes" Fit Facts. Here you will learn about the precautions of working with a client with diabetes—all fitness professionals should be aware of the potential precautions associated with specific types of exercise and know how to appropriately respond should complications occur.

The table below presents the preventive measures that should be taken to ensure a safe and effective exercise experience for clients with diabetes:

Diabetic Clients

By Bindi Delaney

Bindi Delaney is the Professional Education Coordinator for the American Council on Exercise. She is an ACE Master Trainer, ACE-certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Health Coach and holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Bindi moved to the USA from Australia in 2011 and is an exercise fanatic who loves to take on new challenges, recently completing an Ironman triathlon just for the fun of it!