Exercise and type 1 diabetes: World-first guidelines consensus
A report by leading type 1 diabetes experts (T1D) from around the world has for the first time, provided consensus on managing blood glucose levels safely while exercising.
The report, ‘Exercise management in type 1 diabetes: a consensus statement’ was published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal and involved a team of 21 researchers, including JDRF Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN) researchers Professor Tim Jones, Professor Paul Fournier and Dr Carmel Smart. The team undertook a review of current published studies to understand the activity levels of those living with T1D and how different types of exercise affect blood glucose levels.
The study found that a large number of people living with T1D worldwide do not have a healthy body weight or achieve the minimum recommended exercise of 150 minutes per week. Many people find managing their condition while exercising to be difficult, and they might avoid daily physical activity because of this. Delayed low blood glucose levels after exercise is a common fear, as well as loss of control and lack of knowledge.
Healthcare professionals should encourage and support regular exercise for many reasons, but primarily because the overall health benefits outweigh the immediate risks if certain precautions are taken.
Research has shown that children and young people with T1D who exercise regularly have reduced cardiovascular disease risk, reduced HbA1c (a marker of long term glucose control) and improved body composition, blood vessel function and cholesterol levels. Adults with T1D benefit from reduc Continue reading