Quincy seniors learn about diabetes and fitness

By Kenny Sui-Fung Yim

 

The seniors at Bauer House in Quincy woke up early on Feb. 22 for a visit from the Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) of the Joslin Diabetes Center. Bauer is one of four locations that will take part in the year-long “Healthy Living for all Seasons” campaign.

Dr. George King (right) and Karen Ka Hei Lau (left) perform diabetes screenings at Bauer House in Quincy on Feb. 22. (Image courtesy of Kenny Sui-Fung Yim.)

Dr. George King (right) and Karen Ka Hei Lau (left) perform diabetes screenings at Bauer House in Quincy on Feb. 22. (Image courtesy of Kenny Sui-Fung Yim.)

Karen Ka Hei Lau, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, highlighted the importance of diet and exercise in preventing and managing diabetes. She dispelled some common misperceptions by asking true/false questions, such as whether eating too much sugar causes diabetes. This was false. There are other risk factors for diabetes apart from diet, such as blood pressure, cholesterol and genetic predisposition.

Lau also demonstrated the use of pedometers and exercise logs. Each elderly resident received a kit to help them track how much exercise they engage in daily. She told the seniors that even long stretching or walking at a faster pace than normal can count as exercise — anything that gets the blood moving.

At the end, registered residents had their blood drawn for a diabetes screening.

The AADI team consisted of George King, MD; Zhiheng He, MD/PhD; Lau; Vanessa Cheung and Chihiro Hernandez. Multicultural Home Care representatives Lola Tom and Janice Mei also attended.

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