Moderate physical activity could improve walking strategy of diabetic patients? A pilot study

Fabiola Spolaor, Zimi Sawacha, Martina Negretto, Alessandra Scarton, Gabriella Guarneri, Angelo Avogaro, Claudio Cobelli

Introduction: Combined aerobic and resistance training (RT) has been reported to enhance insulin sensitivity and to improve glycemic control, lipid profile and blood pressure [1]. Based on this evidence the American Diabetes Association guidelines have refined the recommendations on the desired types, amounts, and intensities of aerobic physical activity for diabetic people. So far people with type 2 diabetes should be encouraged to perform RT in the absence of specific contraindications. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of RT on walking strategy, in a group of type 2 diabetic patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and without PAD (NoPAD).