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University diabetes experts put top cyclists under the spotlight

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.

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.

Cyclist in test being shown results on laptop

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. 

Uncover more about this research here.

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