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Diabetes T2 – Reduces risk of cardiovascular complications

Reduces risk of cardiovascular complications

Evidence summary

Those with type 2 diabetes have lower fitness levels than those without (Regensteiner et al, 1995). Observational studies have shown that regular exercise is associated with improved fitness and lower risk of all-cause and CV mortality (Boule et al., 2003; Chudyk et al., 2011; Gregg et al., 2003; Sluik et al., 2012).

Quality of evidence

High quality

Strength of recommendation



Although the supporting evidence base is of low quality, this is a strong recommendation for most people with type 2 diabetes.


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Chudyk A, Petrella RJ. Effects of exercise on cardiovascular risk factors in type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis Diabetes Care. 2011 May;34(5):1228-37.

Gregg EW, Gerzoff RB, Caspersen CJ, Williamson DF, Narayan KM. Relationship of walking to mortality among US adults with diabetes. Arch Intern Med. 2003 Jun 23;163(12):1440-7.

Regensteiner JG, Sippel J, McFarling ET, Wolfel EE, Hiatt WR. Effects of non-insulin-dependent diabetes on oxygen consumption during treadmill exercise.  Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1995 Jun;27(6):875-81.

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