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Dr. Palmer Now Offers Diabetes and Sports/Exercise Clinic

July 06, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Ga.- Chad Palmer, MD, a sports medicine physician with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Sports Medicine, was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes Mellitus at the age of 10.

"My sister was diagnosed with diabetes five years earlier," says Dr. Palmer, "so my parents knew the warning signs to be watching for in me."

Despite his diagnosis, Dr. Palmer played many sports growing up, but baseball became his favorite.

"I loved baseball.  Of course, I had a lot more to think about than my other teammates in order to maintain my blood sugar level during practice and the games. It made a difference that I was able to manage my own levels.  In fact, I feel that should be one of our goals as physicians, to educate and empower our diabetic patients so that they can maintain an active and healthy lifestyle primarily on their own."

His diabetes led Dr. Palmer into the field of medicine and to his continued interest in working with patients with both Type I and Type II Diabetes.  He has volunteered on the medical staff at numerous diabetic camps and worked with diabetic athletes from elementary school to the collegiate level.

"Having been there myself gives me a unique perspective when interacting with diabetic athletes.  I understand, and have personally lived through, the special considerations one must undertake while leading an active lifestyle with diabetes."

Dr. Palmer is now offering a Diabetes and Sports/Exercise clinic on Friday mornings at NGPG Sports Medicine in Braselton.  Working with the patient’s primary care physician and/or endocrinologist, Dr. Palmer offers services to the Type I and Type II Diabetic patient including:

Type I Diabetic patient
• Blood sugar maintenance and control, especially in the context of athletic participation and exercise
• Providing sports related diabetic education to patients and their families
• Developing an individual plan for maintaining the blood glucoses at an optimal level while living an active life

Type II Diabetic patient
• Counseling each patient on his/her eating and exercise habits
• Encouraging exercise as a treatment for lowering blood glucoses and improving overall cardiovascular and general health
• Developing a formal exercise prescription that will include the frequency, type, duration and intensity of a specific exercise routine
• Discussing the possible barriers to overcome in order to maintain an active lifestyle

For more information about NGPG Sports Medicine and/or the Diabetes and Sports/Exercise clinic call 770-848-6190.