Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. Richard Spates

Second Advisor

Dr. Lisa Baker

Third Advisor

Dr. Galen Alessi

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Michele Burnette


Non-insulin dependent diabetes often has serious consequences for individuals if blood glucose is not maintained within relatively normal ranges. Exercise and stress have been enumerated as important variables for the control of blood glucose in non-insulin dependent diabetics.

This study compared blood glucose and stress for eight exercise and eight matched control non-exercise adult noninsulin dependent participants. A prospective home monitoring design was used to monitor daily blood glucose, stress, and physical activity via multiple measures for six days.

Results indicated that control participants had significantly higher average blood glucose readings and higher blood glucose variability. Daily stress measures did not differ significantly between groups. Although a clear relationship was found between exercise and lowered blood glucose, it is recommended that further examination of the stress-blood glucose relationship be conducted.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access