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Type 2 Diabetes

This research area is led by Professor Peter Rogers and Professor Jeff Brunstrum from the Nutrition Behaviour Unit  and  Professor Ashley Cooper and Prof Angela Page from the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences, School for Policy Studies, and is supported by Dr Clare England (Senior Research Associate) Dr Sarah Sauchelli Toran (Research Assistant) Jessica Bourne (PhD student).
Interventions to increase physical activity in people with type 2 diabetes often have small effects that are not sustained, and consequently have limited benefits for health. Sedentary behaviour, predominantly time spent sitting, is associated with increased morbidity and mortality independent of levels of physical activity, and targeting a reduction in time spent sedentary may therefore be an alternative approach to improve health in people with diabetes. Our overall aim is to develop interventions to reduce or modify sedentary behaviour in people with, or at high risk of, type 2 diabetes.                        The specific aims of this programme are:

  • To develop interventions to reduce sedentary time and to interrupt prolonged bouts of sedentary behaviour
  • To pilot these interventions in people with type 2 diabetes and at high risk of type 2 diabetes (eg with impaired glucose
         tolerance (IGT))
  • To determine the feasibility of the interventions as measured by recruitment rates, tolerability, adherence, trial
         compliance and retention
  • To measure changes in the volume and pattern of sedentary behaviour using novel technology and to determine
         how these are associated with changes in metabolic and anthropometric characteristics

 

                     

Type 2 Diabetes

                                 Sedentary behaviour                     Modification of behaviour       Prolonged periods of inactivity
                                                                                          Image by J Bewley/Sustrans