Dr. Sandra Hunter, professor of exercise science, and Dr. Christopher Sundberg, assistant professor of exercise science, both in the Department of Physical Therapy in Marquette University’s College of Health Sciences, have been awarded a $3.02 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institution on Aging to study the limitations of exercise in people diagnosed with pre-diabetes.

People who are diagnosed as pre-diabetic or with Type-2 diabetes are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, for which exercise is a key preventative measure. This study will look at the factors that lead to fatigue, exhaustion and other impediments for exercise performance to better understand what limits exercise and functional performance in people with diabetes. The research will also work to aid in the development of targeted, more effective exercise programs.

“Pre-diabetes affects about 90 million Americans, and both pre-diabetes and Type-2 diabetes are highly associated with cardiovascular disease and among the top five causes of mortality worldwide,” Hunter said.

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