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Review: exercise improves glycaemic control and reduces plasma triglycerides and visceral adipose tissue in type 2 diabetes

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Q What are the effects of exercise in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus?


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Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (Issue 1, 2005), Medline and EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (1966 to March 2005), and reference lists.

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared aerobic, fitness, or progressive resistance training exercise (for a period ⩾8 wks) with no exercise in patients with type 2 diabetes. Studies were excluded if interventions involved only a recommendation for increasing physical activity, were not directly supervised or well documented, or included a co-intervention in the treatment group that was not applied to the control …

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  • For correspondence: Dr D Thomas, University of Sydney, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, New South Wales, Australia. dianat{at}

  • Sources of funding: Nutricia, Australia and Financial Markets Foundation for Children, Australia.