Date of Award


Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Masters of Science (Research)


Health & Leisure


To determine and examine the effects of a 12-week exercise programme for people with diabetes on their blood glucose control, physiological components and psychological well-being.

The purpose of the study was to examine a wide variety of physiological components including assessment of aerobic capacity, body composition, lung, function, flexibility and blood glucose control (HbAlc levels). Psychological well-being was also assessed which includes sub scales for depression, anxiety, energy and positive well being. This had the purpose of identifying exact levels of these variables so as to compare these to the general public norms. It additionally had the benefit of being used for a pre/post comparison, which analysed the effect of a 12-week exercise programme on the components mentioned above. Therefore it would highlight the positive or negative effects on various physiological and psychological components and how exactly each individual blood glucose response responded to various forms of exercise. Additionally it pinpoints exact interest and ability levels of participants so that the self-motivated programme of physical activity can be maintained thereafter the initial 12-week programme. Furthermore it has the added benefit of identifying whether a self-motivated programme can encourage continued exercise participation 3 and 6 months following the programme.


A Project Submitted in Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Award of the Masters in Science (Health, Fitness and Leisure Studies), in the Institute of Technology, Tralee.

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