The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


Exercise is an important part of diabetes prevention and management

Written by
Amber Freeland
Posted in
Eat better

Tuesday, Dec 04, 2018

November was Diabetes Awareness Month, but managing the condition is an everyday concern for millions of diabetics. Recently, The Cooper Institute was featured on WFAA as part of a special Facebook Live discussion following the News 8 Daybreak broadcast. Health and wellness reporter Sonia Azad hosted the discussion with Institute researcher, Dr. Steve Farrell, as well as representatives from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Diabetes360

More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Diabetes management is a growing concern in healthcare as obesity rates continue to rise at alarming rates, leading to an increase in Type II diabetes. 

Prediabetes and diabetes is also a common risk factor for heart attack and stroke - further proof that a healthy lifestyle is the best preventive medicine. Dr. Farrell spoke about the importance of fitness and exercise to help manage weight, prevent diabetes and prediabetes, and reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Watch the full segment here:

Following the News 8 Daybreak segment, the panel relocated from the Victory Park studio to the WFAA Channel 8 newsroom down the street. There they resumed for an even more in-depth Q&A discussion about the different types of diabetes, new technologies for diabetes management, and ways to manage diabetes through diet and exercise. 

Facebook users engaged during the live broadcast with questions about which diets were more effective and to discuss the cost of insulin and available treatments. Many questions also brought up the importance of research and how far we have come because of the valuable research into treatments and prevention of this often misunderstood disease. Watch the full segment here: