The Effects of Exercise on Reducing Blood Pressure in Diabetes Patients With Hypertension

Name of Study

The Effects of Exercise on Reducing Blood Pressure in Diabetes Patients With Hypertension.


Purpose of Study (300 words)

Although there is no cure for diabetes, physical activity has been recognized as one of the key elements in the prevention and management of this condition. Exercise is a proven treatment method to help people control their blood glucose levels and is a great way to help people manage their diabetes. Regular physical activity is also known to reduce high blood pressure, and can therefore significantly reduce a person’s risk of developing diabetic-related health complications.


This study is being carried out to determine the health benefits associated with different types of exercise in people with diabetes. It is our aim to create individualized exercise programs to help diabetes patients manage their condition and live a greater quality of life.


Type of Study (observational/exploratory etc)



Are you recruiting participants for this trial?


State geographical location of study (city/county/country) (single or multiple sites)

Galway, Ireland


Who can take part?

People who are clinically diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Aged between 20-80 years old. Systolic blood pressure ≥ 120 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure ≥ 80 mmHg, or on antihypertensive medication.


What will the participants be asked to do? (max 300 words)

Participants will be asked to partake in a 10-12 week exercise program that will be individually prescribed to them. Participants will be randomly assigned into one of two different exercise groups. The first exercise group will perform aerobic exercise consisting of regular walking, cycling, or swimming. The second exercise group will perform a resistance exercise program which will consist of a series of home workouts that will focus on improving muscular strength.


At the beginning of the study we will record resting heart rate, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels. Blood pressure will be taken using a specialized machine called a 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitor. This machine will be used to measure blood pressure over a 24 hour period. The blood pressure machine consists of a normal blood pressure cuff that you strap around your arm. The cuff will automatically inflate at different times throughout the day and night to record your blood pressure. Participants will be required to wear this monitor for a full day to record the most accurate blood pressure measurement. At the end of the exercise program we will measure the participants resting heart rate, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels to assess the effects of the exercise program.


Recruitment Start Date



Recruitment Finish Date



Study Duration

10-12 Weeks


This study is funded by:

National University of Ireland Galway


For further information contact:

Neil Kearney






[email protected]