Experimental Biology 2019: The Clinical and Metabolic Benefits of Exercise for People with Type 1 Diabetes

09 April 2019

Orange County Convention Center,
9800 International Drive,
Orlando, FL, 32819, United States

Symposium — 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM — Convention Center, Room W311B

Chair: Anton JM WagenmakersAPS Logo

The Physiological Society is sponsoring the session ‘The Clinical and Metabolic Benefits of Exercise for People with Type 1 Diabetes’. Short reviews for this session will be published in Experimental Physiology.

People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) are recommended to perform regular physical activity as it has benefits on metabolic and cardiovascular health and increases lifespan. However, the majority of T1D patients do not meet physical activity guidelines and are overweight or obese. This symposium brings together experts in clinical and basic T1D research and skeletal muscle physiology to present an overview of the latest knowledge on the multiple benefits of regular exercise. Speaker 1 presents research showing that an increase in physical activity levels to 150-240 min of moderate exercise per week preserves β cell function in recent onset T1D. Speaker 2 presents research showing that alterations in mitochondrial ultrastructure and bioenergetics are already present in skeletal muscle of young adults with T1D and that exercise prevents these structural and functional abnormalities. The final speaker introduces a novel home-based high-intensity interval-training program, which reduces the high barriers to exercise for the T1D population and improves glucose homeostasis, skeletal muscle oxidative capacity and (cardio)vascular health.


  • Parth Narendran — Col. of Medical and Dental Sciences, Univ. of Birmingham
  • Cynthia Monaco — McMaster Univ. Hlth. Sci. Ctr.
  • Sam Scott — Res. Inst. for Sport and Exercise Sci., Liverpool John Moores Univ.

The full programme can be viewed here.

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