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Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 26, 2010

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James Rippe, MD. Assoc. Professor of Medicine Tufts University School of Medicine

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Narrator: I want to exercise but I have joint problems or diabetic neuropathy.

James Rippe, MD: No matter what your health challenges are, you can get more out of your life by doing some simple things. For example, if you're significantly over weight and maybe you have some problems that have cropped up as a result of that. Being significantly overweight and diabetes is a common combination. Being significantly overweight and having joint problems is a common combination. In fact, a lot of young people don't realize that overweight and obesity is the leading cause of osteoarthritis and joint problems in the United States. People don't realize that that's a problem. But if you have that constellation of problems, my message to you is, it's not too late. But you are going to have to make some adaptations in order to deal with that. For example, join a YMCA or a local health club or many hospitals now have fitness facilities where you can do water exercises. Because what the water does is the water supports your weight to a very large degree. So if you have those issues, I strongly urge you to talk to your doctor and find out what facilities are available. But don't give up. There are things you can do even if it involves five minutes to start. Anything you do will give you benefit and build up slowly.

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