The prevalence of obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and coronary artery disease (CAD) has reached epidemiologic proportions in our current Western society. In accordance, an enormous health economic burden is anticipated within the next decade(s). To optimise the care for these patients, international guidelines have been published with the attempt to prevent disease-related co-morbidities. Besides medication prescription and dietary intake modification, exercise training represents an important treatment strategy.

Clinical guidelines generally do not include detailed information about the selection of training modalities during exercise interventions. In the present PhD thesis, we have investigated the effect of training intensity and training session duration on the change of health profile of obese, T2DM and CAD patients. Besides these intervention studies we have investigated assessment and/or training methodologies.

Defence date: 14/05/2009

Hansen, D
Hansen, D
Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences
Hasselt University