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Biggest Loser Trainer Announces Diabetes DVD


Kim Lyons, NBC's Biggest Loser trainer, has announced a new three-title DVD series entitled Start Fitness Now: Beating Type 2 Diabetes. The DVD is supported by an online forum and was developed in collaboration with Shaila Singh, MD, Diplomat of the American Association of Family Physicians.

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 20.5 million adults in the United States are affected by type 2 diabetes. Among blacks, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is about 33 percent, and among Latinos, 38 percent. A major concern is the growing number of children who are developing type 2 diabetes. The Mayo Clinic notes that obesity is the primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes among children. Inactivity is another risk factor, as well as family history and race (Latinos, blacks, Native Americans, and Asian-Americans are more likely to develop the disease).

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The DVD series is a guide to motive people to take responsibility for their own health and to help prevent type 2 diabetes or manage it if they already have the disease. The program on the DVDs is designed to give individuals the motivation to engage in 20 minutes of physical activity daily. Dr. Singh notes that she recommends patients engage in 150 minutes of physical activity per week, a goal this DVD can help people achieve.

Each volume of the “Start Fitness Now: Beating Type 2 Diabetes” DVD includes two 20-minute workouts. For example, the first DVD is entitled “Sit Down and Shape Up 1,” and involves using a kitchen chair and doing a cardio walk. “Sit Down and Shape Up 2” includes muscle warming movements, while “Stand Up and Slim Down” consists of walking workouts. Overall the workouts are designed to strength the body, increase heart rate, enhance blood flow, and work the muscles without straining the joints.

Type 2 diabetes is an epidemic, and it is a disease that is associated with serious complications, including kidney failure, amputation, nerve damage, and vision problems. These and other risks can be reduced by more than 50 percent if people lose excess weight and engage in physical activity. The “Start Fitness Now” DVD offers patients a way to improve their health and fight this disease. Consumers can get online support, including nutrition tips, recipes, an explanation of diabetes, podcasts, weekly food journals, and more on the startfitnessnow.com website.

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