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Daily fish improved lipid profiles in patients with type II diabetes and moderate exercise prevented the deterioration in glycaemic control

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To determine whether aerobic exercise and dietary fish consumption improve serum lipid concentrations without deterioration of glycaemic control in patients with type II diabetes.


8 week randomised controlled trial (factorial design).


An outpatient clinic of a hospital in Australia.


55 non-smoking patients with type II diabetes treated with diet, medication, or both, who had a fasting serum triglyceride concentration > 1.8 mmol/l or high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol concentration < 1.0 mmol/l and body mass index < 36 kg/m2. Exclusion criteria were > 1 fish meal per week; use of fish oil supplements, insulin, or medication for lipid disorders; physically active; > 30 ml of alcohol per …

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  • Sources of funding: Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway); Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation; National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

  • For article reprint: Dr D W Dunstan, Department of Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital, University of Western Australia, P.O. Box X2213 GPO Perth, Western Australia, Australia 6001. Email ddunstan{at}