Physical Activity Diabetes Lab (PADL)

A specialist and patient working in the PADL facility

More people with diabetes are working up a sweat, thanks to the Physical Activity and Diabetes Laboratory (PADL) at the Alberta Diabetes Institute.

Physical activity plays a key role in the management of diabetes. It improves insulin sensitivity, helps control blood glucose levels and can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. PADL provides an ideal setting for researchers to study the benefits of physical activity in preventing and managing diabetes and related conditions.

The PADL combines a fully equipped fitness facility with a state-of-the-art exercise physiology and behaviour assessment lab. The equipment is being used by people with diabetes and people with conditions related to diabetes such as pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome and obesity.

Director Dr. Norm Boule is part of a team of exercise physiologists that includes Drs Margie Davenport, Craig Steinback and Jane Yardley.

Research Studies in PADL

If you are planning a research study in the Clinical Research Unit, please download CLINICAL RESEARCH STUDY :: Online Posting Form (PDF) and submit this form to the appropriate Research Ethics Board (REB) for approval. Upon approval, your research study will be added to the Participate in a Research Study and shared on social media (if requested).