Active Living with Diabetes

Summarized by Dr. Agnes Coutinho PhD

Regular physical activity helps to regulate blood glucose and increase insulin sensitivity. The more muscles that are used during exercise, the greater will be the benefits. This makes Urban Poling one of the best forms of fitness, as it provides a full body workout and has the potential to burn up to 46% more calories, while providing both cardiovascular and strength training. Research suggests that an activity such as Urban Poling has the potential to slow the progression of type 2 diabetes and even prevent its onset. Urban Poling may also be a great option for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as it is a safe mode of exercise which may reduce the risk of developing gestational diabetes.

Spirit Poles – were designed by Jordan Stranger, an Indigenous artist from Peguis First Nation in Winnipeg.  2% of Spirit Poles sales are donated to support the Canadian Diabetes Association & National Aboriginal Diabetes Association.

Research Benefits:

Walking poles offer proven health benefits which may include:

  • Supporting healthy weight management
  • Reducing waist circumference and obesity
  • Facilitating healthy blood glucose management
  • Promoting cardiovascular health

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Penny Williams, CHR Walpole Island First Nation

I have type 2 diabetes, and have found it very difficult to lose weight, and to control my blood sugar levels. Now I am finally having some success. My blood sugar levels are not completely under control, but getting there. I have lost 9 pounds and losing inches on my waist. Purchasing the urban poles is one of the best decisions I have made.

Janet – Ottawa, Canada
* Please remember any physical activity will affect your blood glucose and may affect your response to medication. If you have diabetes already, please speak to your health care practitioner before starting any new activity. Consult your physician or therapist before using the poles if you currently use a cane or walker, have any medical condition which affects your balance, stability, grip strength, vision, depth perception, judgement or co-ordination, or if you are currently recovering from injury or surgery.

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