A massive grant of almost a million pounds has been awarded to the University of Bristol to carry out a major trial that will assess the effects of diet and exercise on people with type 2 diabetes. This trial will be the largest diet and exercise trial in the world for people with type 2 diabetes.
The recent large rise in the number of people suffering from type 2 diabetes is closely linked to the increase in obesity within the population, and this is thought to be due to a lack of exercise and an increase in food intake. Although we know a lot about how diet can control glucose levels and improve blood pressure and cholesterol, very little is known about how, or if, exercise affects these factors. This study aims to definitively answer these questions for the first time.
Dr Robert Andrews from the University of Bristol, who will lead the trial, said: “This is the largest exercise trial to be conducted in this country, and the largest exercise trial in the world for people with type 2 diabetes. We feel it will be a land mark trial from which crucial information on long-term glucose control, insulin sensitivity, insulin resistance, weight and blood pressure will emerge, allowing us to compare the effects of these conditions in each of the groups”.
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