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Publication of ‘Exercise and Diabetes’ Establishes Colberg-Ochs as Leading Expert on the Subject

With the recent publication of her ninth book, “Exercise and Diabetes: A Clinician's Guide to Prescribing Physical Activity,” Sheri Colberg-Ochs has established herself as the world’s current leading expert on the subject.

An exercise physiologist and professor of exercise science in Old Dominion’s Department of Human Movement Sciences, Colberg-Ochs notes that this is her “first fully professional book.” Released last month by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), it is a must-have professional guide for health care and fitness professionals alike.

“Exercise and Diabetes” contains the latest research about exercise and physical activity with diabetes. Filled with case studies, it covers the gamut from young to old, aerobic to resistance training, type 1 to type 2 diabetes, gestational to pregnancy with pre-existing diabetes, macrovascular to microvascular complications and much more.

The book discusses the recommended physical activities that can and should be prescribed to all individuals with any type of diabetes, along with precautions related to medication use and diabetes-related health complications.

“The medications used to treat diabetes should augment lifestyle improvements, such as increased daily physical activity, rather than replace those lifestyle changes. My book provides a comprehensive view on the topic, with up-to-date and easy-to-prescribe exercise and physical activity recommendations and relevant case studies that illuminate the challenges of prescribing physical activity,” Colberg-Ochs said.

As she notes on her website: “Myriad types of physical movement have a positive impact on physical fitness, morbidity and mortality in individuals with diabetes, and although exercise has long been considered a cornerstone of diabetes management, many health care providers fail to prescribe it.”

Colberg-Ochs adds that the purpose of her book is “to cover the recommended types and quantities of physical activities that can and should be undertaken by all individuals with any type of diabetes.”

More information about “Exercise and Diabetes” is included on her website, It is available for sale through the ADA website: Exercise and Diabetes.

Colberg-Ochs has a 10th book scheduled for release in March 2014, titled “The Diabetes Breakthrough,” co-written with a Joslin Diabetes Center/Harvard Medical School diabetes physician.

At ODU, Colberg-Ochs teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise physiology, clinical exercise physiology, and nutrition for health, fitness and sport. She is currently conducting research funded by the National Institutes of Health in collaboration with researchers at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where she also serves as adjunct professor of internal medicine.

A frequent lecturer around the world, she is the author of more than 250 research and educational articles and 11 book chapters, in addition to her nine books. Prior the publication of “Exercise and Diabetes,” her most recent books were “The Diabetic Athlete's Handbook” (2008) and “Diabetes? No Problema” (2009).

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