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The role of physical activity in the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus
  1. T Yates1,
  2. K Khunti2,
  3. J Troughton3,
  4. M Davies1
  1. 1
    Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  2. 2
    Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  3. 3
    Department of Diabetes, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK
  1. Professor M J Davies, Diabetes Research, Victoria Building, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK; melanie.davies{at}uhl-tr.nhs.uk

Abstract

Physical activity and weight loss are considered cornerstones of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) management programmes. However, there is much controversy and debate surrounding the relative importance of each of these factors in the treatment of T2DM. This review provides an overview of the evidence surrounding the relative importance of physical activity and weight loss in the management of T2DM and highlights key ways of initiating physical activity behaviour change.

  • diabetes and endocrinology
  • physical activity
  • prevention
  • structured education
  • type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • weight loss

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

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