1st Edition

Exercise and Chronic Disease An Evidence-Based Approach

Edited By John Saxton Copyright 2011
    404 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    400 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    It is now widely accepted that there are important links between inactivity and lifestyle-related chronic diseases, and that exercise can bring tangible therapeutic benefits to people with long-term chronic conditions. Exercise and Chronic Disease: An Evidence-Based Approach offers the most up-to-date survey currently available of the scientific and clinical evidence underlying the effects of exercise in relation to functional outcomes, disease-specific health-related outcomes and quality of life in patients with chronic disease conditions.

    Drawing on data from randomized controlled trials and observational evidence, and written by a team of leading international researchers and medical and health practitioners, the book explores the evidence across a wide range of chronic diseases, including:

    • cancer
    • heart disease
    • stroke
    • diabetes
    • parkinson's disease
    • multiple sclerosis
    • asthma.

    Each chapter addresses the frequency, intensity, duration and modality of exercise that might be employed as an intervention for each condition and, importantly, assesses the impact of exercise interventions in relation to outcomes that reflect tangible benefits to patients. No other book on this subject places the patient and the evidence directly at the heart of the study, and therefore this book will be essential reading for all exercise scientists, health scientists and medical professionals looking to develop their knowledge and professional practice.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    John M Saxton

    Chapter 2: Coronary Heart Disease

    Gavin Sandercock

    Chapter 3: Hypertension

    Va Cornelissen And Rh Fagard

    Chapter 4: Stroke

    Frederick M Ivey, Alice S Ryan, Charlene E Hafer-Macko And Richard F Macko

    Chapter 5: Peripheral Arterial Disease/Intermittent Claudication

    Garry Tew And Irena Zwierska

    Chapter 6: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

    Rachel Garrod And Fabio Pitta

    Chapter 7: Asthma

    Felix S F Ram And Elissa M Mcdonald

    Chapter 8: Osteoarthritis

    Marlene Fransen

    Chapter 9: Osteoporosis

    J Y Tsauo

    Chapter 10: Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Chm Van Den Ende

    Chapter 11: Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Hanne Dagfinrud, Silje Halvorsen And Nina K Vøllestad

    Chapter 12: Multiple Sclerosis

    Ulrik Dalgas

    Chapter 13: Parkinson’s Disease

    Gammon M Earhart

    Chapter 14: Type 2 Diabetes

    Stephan Fe Praet, Robert Rozenberg And Luc Jc Van Loon

    Chapter 15: Obesity

    Pedro J Teixeira, R James Stubbs, Neil A King, Stephen Whybrow And John E Blundel

    Chapter 16: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Jo Nijs, Karen Wallman And Lorna Paul

    Chapter 17: Fibromyalgia Syndrome

    Borja Sañudo Corrales

    Chapter 18: Colorectal, Breast And Prostate Cancer

    Liam Bourke And John M Saxton


    John M. Saxton is Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. His research interests are focused on the effects of exercise and lifestyle interventions on wide-ranging health outcomes in clinical populations (including cancer and cardiovascular disease) and individuals at risk of developing lifestyle-related chronic conditions.