Current exercise guidelines for type 2 diabetes patients offer no recommendations regarding goals for increasing fitness levels and are identical to recommendations given to all adults. In the Birmingham Brief, Dr Thomas Solomon, EU Marie Curie Research Fellow in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, discusses his investigations into type 2 diabetes.


Our current knowledge as to how to optimise the effect of exercise as part of an effective treatment approach for type 2 diabetes patients is sadly lacking.

Clear evidence shows that increasing our physical activity level (eg, walking, manual work), as well as reducing our physically inactive habits (eg, sitting, taking lifts/escalators, driving), reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.