Professor Tom Yates

Professor of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health


Professor Tom Yates leads a diverse portfolio of physical activity research, which aims to better understand how movement can be used to promote health throughout life in groups with medical needs. Based in the Diabetes Research Centre at Leicester General Hospital, Professor Yates’ expertise includes physical activity and sedentary behaviour, sleep duration and quality, obesity, diabetes and metabolic health, and epidemiology.

Professor Yates is working to better understand how lifestyle behaviours act as risk factors for COVID-19, and the extent to which they explain differences in the risk of COVID-19 between different populations and ethnicities.


Dempsey PC, Musicha C, Rowlands AV, Davies M, Khunti K, Razieh C, Timmins I, Zaccardi F, Codd V, Nelson CP, Yates T, Samani NJ. Investigation of a UK biobank cohort reveals causal associations of self-reported walking pace with telomere length. Commun Biol 2022 Apr 20;5(1):381. Doi: 10.1038/s42003-022-03323-x.PMID: 35444173

Sargeant JA, King JA, Yates T, Redman EL, Bodicoat DH, Chatterjee S, Edwardson CL, Gray LJ, Poulin B, Waheed G, Waller HL, Webb DR, Willis SA, Wilding JPH, Khunti K, Stensel DJ, Davies MJ. The effects of empagliflozin, dietary energy restriction, or both on appetite-regulatory gut peptides in individuals with type 2 diabetes and overweight or obesity: the SEESAW randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Diabetes Obes Metab 2022 Apr 19. Doi: 10.1111/dom.14721. Online ahead of print. PMID: 35441435

Henson J, Arsenyadis F, Redman E, Brady EM, Coull NA, Edwardson CL, Hall AP, James LJ, Khunti K, Rowlands AV, Stevenson EJ, West DJ, Davies MJ, Yates T. Relative protein intake and associations with markers of physical function in those with type 2 diabetes. Diabet Med 2022 Apr 15:e14851. Doi: 10.1111/dme.14851. Online ahead of print. PMID: 35426174

McBride P, Yates T, Henson J, Davies M, Gill J, Celis-Morales C, Khunti K, Maylor B, Rowlands A, Edwardson C. Ethnic differences in the relationship between step cadence and physical function in older adults. J Sports Sci 2022 Apr 1:1-8. Doi: 10.1080/02640414.2022.2057013. Online ahead of print. PMID: 35363123

Barker MM, Zaccardi F, Brady EM, Gulsin GS, Hall AP, Henson J, Htike ZZ, Khunti K, McCann GP, Redman EL, Webb DR, Wilmot EG, Yates T, Yeo J, Davies MJ,Sargeant JA. Age at diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk    factor profile: A pooled analysis. World J Diabetes 2022 Mar.13 (3): 260-271 .DOI:10.4239/wjd.v13.i3.260. PMID: 35432761

Gokal K, Amos-Hirst R, Moakes CA, Sanders JP, Esliger DW, Sherar LB, Ives N, Biddle SJH, Edwardson C, Yates T, Frew E, Greaves C, Greenfield SM, Jolly K, Skrybant M, Maddison R, Mutrie N, Parretti HM, Daley AJ. Views of the public about Snacktivity™: a small changes approach to promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour.. BMC Public Health. 2022 Mar 29;22(1):618. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-13050-x.PMID: 35351075

Engin B, Willis SA, Malaikah S, Sargeant JA, Yates T, Gray LJ, Aithal GP, Stensel DJ, King JA. The effect of exercise training on adipose tissue insulin sensitivity: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obes Rev. 2022 Mar 23:e13445. doi: 10.1111/obr.13445. Online ahead of print. PMID: 35319136

Norris T, Razieh C, Yates T, Zaccardi F, Gillies CL, Chudasama YV, Rowlands A, Davies MJ, McCann GP, Banerjee A, Docherty AB, Openshaw PJM, Baillie JK, Semple MG, Lawson CA, Khunti K. Admission Blood Glucose Level and Its Association With Cardiovascular and Renal Complications in patients Hospitalized With Covid-19. Diabetes Care 2022 Mar 11. Doi: 10.2337/dc21-1709. Online ahead of print. PMID: 35275994

Alfuhied A, Gulsin GS, Athithan L, Brady EM, Parke K, Henson J, Redman E, Marsh AM, Yates T, Davies MJ, McCann GP, Singh A. The impact of lifestyle intervention on left atrial function in type 2 diabetes: results from the DIASTOLIC study. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging 2022 Mar 2. doi: 10.1007/s10554-022-02578-z. Online ahead of print. PMID: 35233724

Danielli M, Gillies C, Thomas RC, Melford SE, Baker PN, Yates T, Khunti K, Tan BK. Effects of Supervised Exercise on the Development of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy :A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis J Clin Med 2022 Feb 1;11(3):793. Doi:  10.3390/jcm11030793.PMID: 35160245

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