LONDONDERRY — Parkland Medical Center is offering a unique opportunity for those living with diabetes, or who are at risk of developing the disease, to learn more about the dramatic effect exercise can have on blood glucose.

Parkland will offer "Diabetes Health through Motion," a free, 90-minute class on Thursday, March 5, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Parkland Rehabilitation Services located at 28 Orchard View Drive.

For those who know they are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, researchers from Glasgow University recently found proof that exercise may help to increase your chances of staying healthy. They found that insulin resistance in "high risk" women dropped by 22 percent after seven weeks of an exercise program.

If you have diabetes, just 30 minutes of daily activity can have dramatic effects on reducing blood glucose levels.

An 8-minute power walk has been shown to drop blood glucose levels by as much as 60 points.

Exercise Physiologist Jaimie Bourgeois and Clinical Dietician and Diabetes Educator Corinne Chaar will facilitate a group discussion on the effects of physical activity on diabetes and overall health and lead the group in a demonstration of suggested exercises.

Participants should come prepared to move in comfortable, loose fitting clothing and non-slip sole shoes with backings.

Also bring your own water bottle, a light snack as a treatment food if needed and your glucometer if you are susceptible to hypoglycemia.

Registration is necessary and can be made by calling 432-9821.

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