DiaLeb’s 1st Diabetes Summer Camp
By: Pearl Maalouf BS, FMSC, CPT, CF-L1
This past weekend Robert and I had the opportunity to participate in the first Diabetes Summer Camp held at the peaceful and serene Shouf Cedar Reserve. We all hiked up to a quiet spot among the cedars and many educational sessions were offered by various professionals during the day. There was a session about the advances in the treatment of type 1 diabetes by endocrinologist Dr. Maya Barake, workout nutrition tips by dietitian Christelle Awkar and a presentation about Bayer Contour TS glucose meter by a representative of Bayer Contour TS Rana El Ferekh. At the end of the day, glucose meters and pack of strips were distributed to each patient due to the generosity of the sponsor of the event, Bayer Contour TS.
This was a great chance to spend some time with the members of DiaLeb that are affected by type 1 diabetes and get to know them better. If you’re not aware, type 1 diabetes is a condition where your pancreas stops making insulin so people affected by this disease become insulin dependent. There currently isn’t a cure so their blood sugar needs to be constantly monitored and balance injecting the appropriate amount of insulin and consuming the right amount of carbohydrates to keep their sugar level steady. Regular exercise, yoga and meditation can make maintaining a steady blood sugar level easier so we had some great sessions hoping to inspire and educate them on the benefits of being active.
It was great introducing the members of the NGO DiaLeb to the wonderful effects that exercise, yoga, and meditation can have on diabetes management. Thanks DiaLeb for supporting and valuing the health of people affected by Diabetes!
If you don’t know where to start, we really recommend learning some basic strength training movements as weight training really offers great benefits! You can also incorporate some twisting yoga moves during your workout routine to help massage, activate, and stimulate activity in the stomach/pancreas region. Moves like Dhanurasana (bow pose), Vakrasana (twisted pose), and Halasana (plough pose) have been proven to be especially beneficial. Of course if you haven’t done any physical activity previously start slow and consult with your doctor first to make sure you’re ready.
If you want some more guidance we offer online personal training which is open to anyone worldwide at www.LeGymOnline.com/Online-Training/. You can also visit www.LeGymBeirut.com to get information about our private personal training facility and Yoga/Strength classes for those located in Jdeideh, Lebanon.