Diabetes and Exercise

We are discovering better glucose management approaches for type 1 diabetes

We are discovering better glucose management approaches for type 1 diabetes

The Challenge

Swansea researchers, as part of a global team, sought to explore professional cyclists with type 1 diabetes to look for clues about better glucose management. This could help develop better recommendations for others with the condition.

Team Novo Nordisk

The Method

Swansea University researchers, including Diabetes expert Dr Richard Bracken, travelled to Spain to join a global team. The team's aim was to monitor demands on professional cycling Team Novo Nordisk; the world’s only professional cycling team made up of riders with Type 1 Diabetes.

Researchers collected nutritional, glucose and physiological data during the team’s intensive training and exhaustive cycle testing protocols.

The Impact

The research team were able to:

  • better understand factors that explain the cycling teams’ capabilities,
  • explore their dietary approach to training and racing and
  • detail blood glucose management practices that allow such high volumes of exercise

Research into the demands of elite, professional cyclists with type 1 Diabetes will play an important role in better understanding the condition for many others. Findings will inform healthcare professionals’ advice to anyone affected with the condition who wants to become more physically active. 

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