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The effects of self-directed exercise programmes on individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus; A systematic review evaluating its effect on HbA1c and other metabolic outcomes, physical characteristics, cardiorespiratory fitness and functional outcomes


Hugh Byrne, Brian Caulfield, Giuseppe De Vito

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Refereed Original Article
Background Type two diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is caused and progressed by an individual’s lifestyle and so, its optimal day to day management, may involve the patient taking responsibility for this, including fulfilling a planned and prescribed exercise regimen used as part of its treatment. A prescription of exercise designed to meet a patient’s individual needs with minimal supervision from health care practitioners would facilitate this. However, the optimal prescription of exercise in the population remains unclear.
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DOI: 10.1007/s40279-016-0593-y
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Date Accepted for Publication: 
Wednesday, 17 February, 2016
Publication Date: 
Sports Medicine
pp 1–17
Research Group: 
National University of Ireland, Dublin (UCD)
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