Diabetics And Exercise
March 12, 2012 by staff
Diabetics And Exercise, Doctors from the University of Bristol are looking for volunteers, who have recently been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, to take part in an exercise study.
The two-phased study will be based in local hospitals across the South West.
Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease, accounts for between five and 15 per cent of all people with diabetes and is treated by daily insulin injections, a healthy diet and regular physical activity. The disease develops when the immune system goes into overdrive and attacks the body’s normal cells instead of foreign invaders.
Dr Rob Andrews, Consultant Senior Lecturer in the School of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bristol, who is leading the study, said: “In Type 1 diabetes, the immune system targets and eventually destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas, leading to increased levels of blood sugars. The study aims to find out with people in the early stage of this condition if regular exercise can preserve beta cell function.”
The ExTOD (Benefits of exercise in Type 1 diabetes) study is a randomised controlled trial that consists of two parts.
In phase one the team will recruit ten people from across the South West to discuss, in a one off interview, what helps facilitate exercise, the barriers to exercise and the participants’ feelings towards exercise.
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