Assessing the evidence: exploring the effects of exercise on diabetic microcirculation

LENASI, Helena and KLONIZAKIS, Markos (2017). Assessing the evidence: exploring the effects of exercise on diabetic microcirculation. Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation, 64 (4), 663-678.

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Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with cardiovascular complications. Impairment of glycemic control induces noxious glycations, an increase in oxydative stress and dearangement of various metabolic pathways. DM leads to dysfunction of micro and macrovessels, connected to metabolic, endothelial and autonomic nervous system. Thus, assessing vascular reactivity might be one of the clinical tools to evaluate the impact of harmful effects of DM and potential benefit of treatment; skin and skeletal muscle microcirculation have usually been tested. Physical exercise improves vascular dysfunction through various mechanisms, and is regarded as an additional effective treatment strategy of DM as it positively impacts gylcemic control, improves insulin sensitivity and glusose uptake in the target tissues, thus affecting glucose and lipid metabolism, and increases the endothelium dependent vasodilation. Yet, not all patients respond in the same way so titrating the exercise type individualy would be desired. Resistance training has, apart from aerobic one, been shown to positively correlate to glycemic control, and improve vascular reactivity. It has been prescribed in various forms or in combination with aerobic training. This review would assess the impact of different modes of exercise, the mechanisms involved, and its potential positive and negative effects on treating patients with Type I and Type II DM, focusing on the recent literature. Keywords: Diabetes, exercise, aerobic training, resistance training, high intensity interval training, microcirculation, laser Doppler fluxmetry

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
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Page Range: 663-678
Depositing User: Amanda Keeling
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 13:59
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 07:04

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