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Call for papers: Exercise as medicine for metabolic dysfunction and obesity: eschewing generalities by defining specifics

Edited by Fred DiMenna

A new cross-journal article collection in BMC Sports Science, Medicine and RehabilitationBMC Endocrine DisordersBMC Obesity, and Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome.

New Content ItemAs a rally cry, “exercise is medicine” has united the exercise community. However, for exercise to be universally embraced as a viable alternative to pharmaceutical intervention, more than a captivating catchphrase is required. For example, it is well established that exercise can play an important role in combating the growing prevalence of obesity and associated metabolic disorders related to the oft-associated loss of insulin sensitivity. However, heretofore, the exercise programming variables that define the program that optimizes this positive influence have not been clarified. Pharmaceuticals are prescribed with research-based precision regarding medication type, dosage and route, time and frequency of administration. For exercise to represent an alternative to conventional medicine for the prevention/treatment of obesity and the associated metabolic disorders, similar evidence-based precision is required. The aim of this thematic series is to provide a forum within which research can be presented that establishes this foundation.

Submission is open to everyone, and all submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed through the regular journal review process. Manuscripts should be formatted according to the relevant journal submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. In the submission system please ensure that the correct thematic series title is chosen from the additional information tab. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter which thematic series you are submitting to.

If you have any research you would like us to consider for inclusion in our cross-journal collection, please submit directly to one of the collaborating journals. Alternatively you can email your pre-submission queries to

Collection published: 18 August 2017

  1. Content type: Research

    Exercise stimulates the production of fibronectin type III domain-containing protein 5 (FNDC5), which is cleaved to release a protein called irisin. This protein induces browning of white adipose tissue result...

    Authors: Carolina Archundia-Herrera, Maciste Macias-Cervantes, Bernardo Ruiz-Muñoz, Katya Vargas-Ortiz, Carlos Kornhauser and Victoriano Perez-Vazquez

    Citation: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome 2017 9:101

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  2. Content type: Short report

    To explore the impact of glycaemic control (HbA1c) on functional capacity during cardio-pulmonary exercise testing in people with type 1 diabetes.

    Authors: Othmar Moser, Max L. Eckstein, Olivia McCarthy, Rachel Deere, Stephen C. Bain, Hanne L. Haahr, Eric Zijlstra and Richard M. Bracken

    Citation: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome 2017 9:93

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  3. Content type: Research

    Surfactant protein D (SP-D) is a member of the collectin family and is an important component of the pulmonary innate host defense. To find the relationship between exercise training and SP-D in diabetes, we e...

    Authors: Sajjad Rezaei, Mahdieh Molanouri Shamsi, Mehdi Mahdavi, Azadeh Jamali, Jonato Prestes, Ramires Alsamir Tibana, James Wilfred Navalta and Fabrício Azevedo Voltarelli

    Citation: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome 2017 9:74

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  4. Content type: Research

    We investigated the influence of aerobic capacity on the improvement in glycemic control achieved by long-term aerobic exercise in type 2 diabetes.

    Authors: Hideki Nojima, Masayasu Yoneda, Hiroshi Watanabe, Kiminori Yamane, Yoshihiro Kitahara, Kiyokazu Sekikawa, Hideya Yamamoto, Akihito Yokoyama, Noboru Hattori and Nobuoki Kohno

    Citation: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome 2017 9:63

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Both sprint interval training (SIT) and high-intensity intermittent training (HIIT) have been described as time-efficient strategies for inducing favourable metabolic and cardiorespiratory adaptations in healt...

    Authors: Benjamin M. Kelly, Soteris Xenophontos, James A. King and Myra A. Nimmo

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2017 4:17

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