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St. Luke's Hospital Diabetes Care

Diabetes Exercise Program

St. Luke's Hospital's Fitness Center offers a Diabetes Exercise Program (DEP) for active or relatively healthy individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes. This program is ideal for those who desire an independent home or gym-based program designed specifically for their needs. Those who have had a cardiac event within the past year, or have a history of heart failure, may be referred to outpatient cardiac rehabilitation prior to joining the DEP.

The DEP is designed to educate individuals with diabetes and pre-diabetes on the basics of beginning and maintaining a safe exercise program. An independent program will be provided to the participant and individualized goals will be established between the exercise physiologist and the participant. All participants will require an order from their physician to participate. An exercise physiologist will perform a one-time evaluation and, based on the discretion of the exercise physiologist, the participant may need to attend one-on-one sessions to further educate him/her on the use of equipment. The participant must attend one diabetes lecture with a staff nurse before beginning the program.

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