Prescribing movement for Type 2 Diabetes

Thursday 9th May 12:50 - 13:30

The number of adults and older teens with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled over the past 20 years, with 3.7 million people aged 17 or older now known to be living with the disease. The rise in cases of type 2 diabetes has been greatest – largely driven by the rise in obesity levels. Type 2 diabetes typically starts later in life, with about 60% of cases thought to be preventable.

The benefits of physical activity for those with diabetes include – improved blood pressure, glycaemic control, cholesterol and reduces the risk of diabetic and cardiovascular complications and the need for medications. It empowers and motivates patients to feel in control, improves general fitness and life expectancy.

This session will present the evidence for physical activity in the treatment of diabetes and discuss how this evidence is best translated into practice using the 0 mins consultation – and how to deliver physical activity interventions in practice.

Understanding the evidence: exploring the benefits of physical activity for patients with diabetes


Dr Chris Speers, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

How to promote physical activity in people with Type 2 Diabetes


Dr Rob Andrews, Associate Professor of Diabetes and Honorary consultant at University of Exeter