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Diabetes Exercise Program

Become more active and improve your health by participating in the exercise program for people with diabetes and other chronic conditions at University Health.

Meet Your Health Goals with Support

Participate in supervised exercise at the Texas Diabetes Institute’s Fitness Center. Work with knowledgeable, supportive fitness professionals and exercise among friendly people who share similar goals and health concerns.

Fitness Center Equipment

Find a modern fitness center equipped with:

  • Arm cycles
  • Cable weights and dumbbells
  • Elliptical trainers
  • Stationary bikes
  • Treadmills

Adult Exercise Program

Start your journey to improve your overall health by joining the adult group exercise program at the Texas Diabetes Institute Fitness Center. Receive group support, bond with others like you, and get guidance from an onsite registered nurse who oversees your health.

Membership requires a referral from your doctor. We hold new member orientations monthly. The Fitness Center is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call 210-358-7206 to learn more about the program and fees.

Individual Fitness Assessment

Your first visit to the center will focus on a personal fitness assessment. This will help your fitness expert to design an effective, individualized exercise plan to help you meet your health goals safely.

Tracking & Measuring Your Progress

Track decreases in body fat and increases in muscle mass from regular exercise with body composition measurements.

Receive the assistance of an onsite registered nurse to check blood sugar before and after exercise. You’ll have a log of your blood sugar, blood pressure, weight and activity throughout the exercise program to motivate you to reach your goals.

Benefits of Exercise for Diabetes Management

Research shows exercise can help prevent and treat diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Regular exercise:

  • Boosts energy levels
  • Decreases blood pressure and makes your heart stronger
  • Enhances flexibility and balance
  • Helps control weight
  • Improves self-esteem and sense of well-being
  • Increases muscular strength and stamina
  • Lowers bad (LDL) and raises good (HDL) cholesterol to make overall levels better
  • Lowers blood sugar levels and improves the way your body uses insulin
  • Reduces stress

Tips for Exercising Safely

Get a thorough health checkup from your doctor before beginning an exercise program. Plan exercise by following these tips:

  • Start slowly and increase time and distance gradually
  • Avoid exercising outdoors in extreme heat or cold
  • Check your feet regularly for blisters or injuries
  • Carry identification with you in case of a medical emergency
  • Do not exercise when you are ill
  • Keep a record of your blood sugar or blood pressure readings so you can review the effects of exercise on your health with your doctor
Doctors
  1. Jorge Velez Garza, MD
    Endocrinology
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  2. Marzieh Salehi, MD
    Endocrinology Internal Medicine
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  3. Scheherezada Urban McCarthy, MD
    Endocrinology
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