Type 1 Diabetes: Sunderland University investigating if small changes could lead to better health

Researchers at the University of Sunderland are carrying out a study to find out whether small changes to lifestyle could improve the long term health of people with Type 1 Diabetes.

The project has been funded by £100,000 from Diabetes UK and will look into whether breaking up long periods of sitting, with short frequent bouts of low-intensity walking, can improve glucose levels and reduce health complications. 

Research has already shown these small changes can benefit people with Type 2 Diabetes but this is the first study looking at Type 1 Diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes affects around 400,000 people in the UK.  In the long term, it can lead to heart and blood vessel disease and damage to the nerves, feet, kidneys and eyes. It is the leading cause of blindness in people of working age in the UK.

The NHS and Diabetes UK do encourage all people with Diabetes to become more physically active but even those who do exercise may still have a sedentary lifestyle if they sit for prolonged periods. 

Exercise can also make it more difficult for those with Type 1 Diabetes to manage their glucose levels.

Researchers hope that the study results may influence treatment decisions and advice for people with Type 1 Diabetes.