Conference advises healthcare professionals on how to support people with type 1 diabetes to exercise safely 

Posted on 13 October 2017

More than 300 healthcare professionals came together for a training conference on how to support people with type 1 diabetes to exercise confidently and safely

The conference, at the NEC in Birmingham on 13 October, is part of a partnership between JDRF’s Performance in Exercise and Knowledge (PEAK) programme and the study group Exercising for Type 1 Diabetes (EXTOD).

This partnership is working to develop education on type 1 diabetes and exercise for people with the condition and to advise healthcare professionals.

Exercising can help people with type 1 diabetes maintain good management of their condition and health. It can, however, be difficult to keep a grip on blood glucose levels during and after exercising, resulting in more hypos and hypers. This is something of great concern to many with type 1 diabetes and can act as a barrier to enjoying the benefits of exercise.

A 2013 JDRF survey found 36 per cent of people living with type 1 diabetes viewed exercising to be a challenge.

Friday’s conference, titled “Exercising for type 1 diabetes and performing at your PEAK” was developed with the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD).

The programme helped healthcare professionals, including Diabetologists, Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Dietitians, Registrars in training and Sports Physicians, to provide education and support around exercise and nutrition to people living with type 1 diabetes.

Expert speakers delivered the programme, and held sessions on topics including sports nutrition and type 1 diabetes, diabetes technology and exercise.

An expert’s guide to exercising and type 1 diabetes

To learn more about exercising and type 1 diabetes have a read of Dr Francesca Annan's article for the JDRF blog, which contains information on how to manage your condition and enjoying exercise.

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