Diabetes Specialist


Personal Training, Medical Fitness & Weight Loss Center located in New Rochelle, NY

When it comes to managing your diabetes, your lifestyle choices matter. If you’re struggling to eat right, lose weight, or find an exercise program that works for you, Rui Mateus and the medical exercise specialists at NY FITPROS can help. They specialize in medical exercise and weight loss, and design personal training and nutrition programs that match your health and lifestyle needs. To take control of your diabetes, contact the office in New Rochelle, New York, by phone or book online today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a long-term health condition that causes your blood glucose levels to be higher than usual. Over time, the excess glucose in your body damages your blood vessels and other organs and increases your risk of developing health complications such as heart disease or peripheral neuropathy. 

The glucose in your blood serves as the primary energy source for all the cells in your body. Insulin is a hormone made in your pancreas that helps get the glucose from your blood into the cells. When you have diabetes, you don't have enough insulin, or your body doesn't use it efficiently, so your blood glucose stays high because it isn't properly shuttled into your cells.  Insulin resistance, the hallmark pathology of type 2 diabetes mellitus, develops with obesity, as excess fat cells impair insulin receptors' function.  

Diet and physical activity affect blood glucose levels and are an essential part of every diabetes treatment plan.

The team at NY FITPROS specializes in creating personalized fitness and nutrition programs for people with diabetes to help them gain control over their blood sugar and their health.

How does exercise help with diabetes management?

When it comes to managing your diabetes, exercise offers many benefits. In addition to burning extra blood sugar, exercise:

  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Improves mood
  • Burns extra calories to support weight loss
  • Helps you sleep better

If you’re having a hard time finding an exercise program that fits your needs, the experts at NY FITPROS can help.

What types of exercise can help my diabetes?

Both the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and the American Medical Association (AMA) have confirmed that those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus can benefit significantly from a program of physical activity. And not just any physical activity: they recommend a carefully-monitored program vigorous enough to enhance muscle strength and cardiovascular function. 

Following these guidelines and coordinating with the medical-based protocols from the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehab Professional (AAHFRP) for optimizing insulin levels, NY FITPROS offers a healthy lifestyle training program designed to maintain safe blood glucose levels, restore metabolism, and maximize cardiovascular health and efficiency. When adhered to, clients can expect the following results:

  • Increased cardiopulmonary fitness and decreasing coronary artery risk
  • Increased muscle mass for improved metabolism and more effective insulin usage
  • Sustained lower blood glucose levels achieved by burning glucose calories
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved blood lipids profile
  • Weight reduction and management
  • Reduced risk of diabetes-related coronary artery disease
  • Increased capacity for exercise and activity
  • Improved mobility and flexibility 

The program is administered by medical exercise specialists who possess advanced education and knowledge of the medical sciences of clinical anatomy, clinical pathology, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and biomechanics, providing them with a medical professional-level understanding of the human body. They receive extensive training on using exercise as a treatment modality to help better manage and even reverse your diabetes and improve your overall health. 

However, they take an individualistic approach to care. They conduct a comprehensive evaluation to fully understand your unique health needs so they can create the most effective exercise program that maximizes your body’s potential. 

NY FITPROS is a premier personal training gym and utilizes advanced tools, including the Smart Start Assessment and FIT3D ProScanner Laser Analyzer, to assess your health and fitness needs. 

The SMART START Health Assessment is the industry’s most advanced health and fitness evaluation. It determines your current capacity and capabilities to engage in exercise and physical activity while highlighting your body’s specific needs to perform at its best potential. 

Your personal medical fitness program is based upon the results of the Smart Start Assessment and may incorporate elements of the following specialty area:

  • Strength training
  • Personalized self-exercise cardiopulmonary program
  • An advanced MyZone heart monitor with smartphone APP access for exercise optimization
  • Lifestyle coaching 
  • Small group, condition-specific training
  • A customized weight loss and nutrition program
  • Adaptive yoga
  • Meditation and stress management coaching
  • Massage therapy

NY FITPROS also offers an RX-MEDFIT program specifically for people with diabetes.

Your medical exercise specialist will perform ongoing follow-up analyses and interpretation of body fat, metabolism, and other performance metrics to assess the effectiveness of your program. 

Will losing weight improve my diabetes?

YES! Weight loss can significantly improve your diabetes and your overall health and wellness. The NY FITPROS team is staffed with weight-loss experts, and they use scientifically proven techniques in nutrition, exercise, and habit change to help you lose weight. 

Your medical exercise specialist works closely with a nutrition specialist to design a medical weight-loss program that supplements your workouts, fits your body and lifestyle, and boosts your metabolism to help you shed those unwanted pounds. 

What is metabolism and how does it work?

Your body converts all the food you consume and turns it into usable energy through various chemical or hormonal processes, which make up your metabolism. The rate at which these processes occur is commonly referred to as your metabolic rate and varies from person to person based on some known vital variables. The faster your metabolic rate, the more calories you burn throughout a given period.

The variance in metabolic rates between each person explains why some individuals can eat a large amount of food and not gain weight, while others eat way less and begin to gain weight and accumulate body fat. The known vital variables that establish your metabolic rate are:


As you get older, your metabolic rate tends to decrease.

Lean muscle tissue

Muscle is metabolically active. It requires energy to move, and calories provide that energy. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, resulting in a faster metabolic rate.

Body size

The bigger your body, the more calories are required.

Environmental temperature

The colder the climate, the more energy your body needs to maintain an optimal internal body temperature, which is necessary for proper organ function. 

Physical activity level

The more you move, the more calories you will burn because all movement (lean muscle tissue, in particular) needs energy.


Some essential hormones directly affect your metabolism. Specific hormonal imbalances can negatively or positively impact the rate at which your body will burn calories.

Lifestyle Change Program Details

NY FITPROS can help you create long-lasting lifestyle changes to reverse your chronic disease. Based upon Dr. Dean Ornish’s pioneering work in lifestyle medicine, together, they will get you eating better to move better, stress less, and love your life again. With their help, you will rediscover a joy in living that will consistently motivate you to prioritize your health.  

Key components of the program include:

  • Medically-based protocol with lessons, handouts, and other resources to help you make healthy changes.
  • Medical exercise specialists, specially trained to ensure a safe workout, and to encourage you to attain your goals.   We’ll help you stay motivated!
  • An environment consisting of people with similar goals and challenges. Together, you celebrate successes, work to overcome obstacles, and hold each other accountable!

With the right lifestyle program, you can take control of your diabetes and your health. To learn more about medical exercise and weight loss at NY FITPROS, call the office or book online today.