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Novel Exercise Therapies in Type 2 Diabetes

The effect of high-intensity interval training on Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes can result in an array of cardiovascular and metabolic complications and is often seen in people who are overweight or obese.

High intensity interval training (HIIT), which involves regular short exercise bouts, has been shown to produce similar benefits to more time-consuming exercise which is currently recommended in public health guidelines. For instance, recent scientific studies have suggested that HIIT can improve fitness, cardiovascular health, and reduce visceral fat with or without weight loss.

This research aims to examine the effect of a novel approach to HIIT training (only 4 minutes of vigorous exercise per exercise session) compared with traditional aerobic exercise guidelines on metabolic and cardiovascular risk outcomes. 

Ethics approval number: 2014/961. 


To be eligible to participate in this study you must:

  • have Type 2 Diabetes
  • be aged between 18-65
  • have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 and not currently undertaking regular exercise. 

The intervention runs for 12 weeks and requires attendance at the Charles Perkins Centre for 3 days each week. Participants randomised into an exercise group will receive full supervision by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. 

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please contact the study facilitator, Rachelle Sultana, on 0450 660 193 or