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Regular physical activity has substantial health benefits in people with type 1 diabetes. The fear of hypoglycemia, both during and after exercise, is a major barrier to exercise in this population. A major obstacle to providing specific physical activity and exercise advice is that there are still significant gaps in the fundamental understanding of the impact of physical activity and exercise on blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes. Women with type 1 diabetes have a substantial increase in cardiovascular risk once they have passed menopause. They may lose both bone quality and muscle mass at a faster rate with aging than those without diabetes. Overall, these changes greatly increase the risk of both cardiovascular and frailty related complications. Despite the many potential benefits of resistance exercise for post-menopausal women with type 1 diabetes, there are currently no published studies examining the effects of resistance exercise in this population. Before being able to design a clinical trial of resistance exercise, an examination of the acute effects of resistance exercise on blood glucose levels in post-menopausal women with type 1 diabetes is required. The present study will compare the glycemic effects of a low resistance, high repetition (3 sets of 15 to 20 repetitions) weight lifting program to the effects of a moderate resistance, moderate repetition (3 sets of 8 to 10 repetitions). The investigators hypothesize that the high repetition program will be associated with a bigger decline in blood glucose during exercise, but that the moderate resistance program will be associated with a higher risk of post-exercise hypoglycemia.


Clinical Trial Description

Regular physical activity (PA) has substantial health benefits in people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The fear of hypoglycemia, both during and after exercise, is a major barrier to exercise in this population. A major obstacle to providing specific PA advice is that there are still significant gaps in the fundamental understanding of the impact of PA and exercise on blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes. For example, many of the existing studies were performed either uniquely with male participants, or with very few female participants. In addition to knowing little about the blood glucose response to PA and exercise in females with type 1 diabetes in general, less is known about how menopause and the hormonal changes and impacts of age affect these outcomes. Women with T1D have a substantial increase in cardiovascular risk once they have passed menopause. In addition to this increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), individuals with T1D may lose both bone quality and muscle mass at a faster rate with aging than those without diabetes. Overall, these changes greatly increase the risk of both cardiovascular and frailty related complications in females with T1D. Despite the many potential benefits of resistance exercise for post-menopausal females with T1D, there are currently no published studies examining the effects of resistance exercise in this population. There are, in fact, no published exercise interventions of any type of exercise in post-menopausal females with T1D. As such, current guidelines for insulin adjustment and carbohydrate intake around PA and exercise may be inappropriate for post-menopausal women with T1D. Pre-test measures: Interested participants will be invited to the Physical Activity and Diabetes Laboratory on the main campus of the University of Alberta. Participants will be asked questions related to menopause, PA levels, and medication. Blood pressure and heart rate will also be measured. Where participants are eligible, anthropometric characteristics will be measured using standard protocols. A blood sample will be drawn for assessment of HbA1c. Those who meet all eligibility criteria and complete informed consent forms will be asked to complete the initial exercise tests. Participants will perform a submaximal aerobic capacity test. Indirect calorimetry will be used to assess oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production and will be used to extrapolate the participant's aerobic capacity. Participants will then undergo a strength test for each of the seven exercises involved in the study, in order to estimate the their one repetition maximum (1RM - the maximum weight that can be lifted safely and with good form). Testing sessions: Participants will be asked to arrive at the lab at around 4:00 pm for both sessions, which will be randomly assigned by tossing a fair coin. During the sessions, participants will be asked to perform a total of 7 resistance exercises (leg press, chest press, leg curls, lat pulldowns, seated row, shoulder press, and abdominal crunches). One trial will consist of 3 sets of 15 to 20 repetitions at 50-60% of the participants pre-determined 1RM, and the other will be 3 sets of 8 to 10 repetitions at 75-80% 1RM. Blood samples will be drawn at baseline, at the end of exercise, and an hour post-exercise via an IV catheter. Participants will be asked to match their daily food and insulin intake as closely as possible from one testing session to the next for the day before, day of and day after the testing session. Participants will be provided with log sheets to assist in this task and will also be asked to avoid strenuous exercise and alcohol intake. A CGM sensor will be subcutaneously inserted by one of the investigators (trained by a group from the CGM manufacturer) into the anterior abdominal area of the participant approximately 3 days prior to the first testing session. The Dexcom G6 CGM will store glucose data every 5 minutes for up to 10 days. The participant will be instructed on how to remove their sensor at least 24 hours after the exercise session, and will be asked to upload their data to Dexcom Clarity to share with the study team. Background physical activity will be tracked using accelerometers. Focus group/Interviews: After the exercise sessions have been completed, study participants will be invited to participate in a focus-group asking questions about their exercise experience, preferences between protocols, barriers to exercise, and other information they feel may improve their exercise experience. These focus groups will be conducted by a trained facilitator, and should take no more than two hours. For those who cannot attend the focus group, a video-conference to answer the questions in an interview format may be scheduled if they still wish to participate in this portion of the study. ;


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NCT number NCT05203640
Study type Interventional
Source University of Alberta
Contact Jane Yardley, PhD
Phone 780-679-1688
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date April 1, 2022
Completion date June 30, 2023

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