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First published Friday 22 June 2018.

Children's Diabetes Centre researchers work hard to improve the lives of young people living with type 1 diabetes so naturally it is young people we turn to for input on what issues they find important to help drive our research.

One research area young people have been particularly interested in has been exercise. While physical activity is an essential part of diabetes management, blood glucose response to exercise is affected by many factors which can stop people from being active.

Professor Liz Davis

To help young people exercise safely, Centre researchers are working alongside adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes to help develop new exercise guidelines for patients.

Professor Liz Davis, co-director of Children's Diabetes Centre, says the Centre is unique in its approach in that it holistically focuses on the family and is guided by an active community group.

"This means we are conducting research work that is really directly applicable to families," Professor Davis said. "It's about feeding information back into the community rather than just into a scientific journal."

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