Publication Date

2015

Abstract

IN BRIEF The introduction of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) several years ago enabled researchers to investigate the impact of exercise strategies on 24-hour glycemic control. Such unique information on the glucoregulatory properties of exercise will ultimately lead to more effective exercise programs to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes. This article reviews the role of exercise and physical activity in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, complemented by recent data obtained by CGM. Although exercise is an important treatment strategy to improve long-term glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes, the impact of exercise on 24-hour glycemic control has remained largely unexplored. The introduction of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) several years ago enabled researchers to investigate the impact of exercise strategies on 24-hour glycemic control. Such unique information on the glucoregulatory properties of exercise will ultimately lead to more effective exercise intervention programs to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes. This article reviews the role of exercise and physical activity in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, complemented by recent data obtained by CGM. Based on current evidence, practical implications for the prescription of exercise in the treatment of type 2 diabetes are discussed.

School/Institute

Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Document Type

Journal Article

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