The EXercise for Type 1 Diabetes (EXTOD) program aims to provide evidence-based support for people with type 1 diabetes to undertake safe and effective exercise, and to enjoy its associated health benefits.
EXTOD was set up by Rob Andrews and Parth Narendran in 2011 and is now recognised and active both in the UK and abroad. It runs national conferences to support health care professionals (HCPs) and patients to manage their exercise. EXTOD has contributed to the development of national and international guidelines around managing diabetes for exercise. It has also undertaken research and clinical trials exploring the barriers and benefits of exercise in type 1 diabetes. EXTOD also advocates on behalf people with type 1 diabetes and successfully lobbied the British Boxing Board of Certification in 2018 to allow people with type 1 diabetes to box professionally.
The EXTOD Team
Co-founderRob Andrews is a clinical academic based in Exeter and in Taunton in the South West of England. He qualified from Birmingham and undertook his post-graduate clinical training in Edinburgh and Bristol. He took up his current post in 2003. Rob leads a large specialist multidisciplinary diabetes research team. His clinical services include support for internationally competitive athletes with type 1 diabetes as well as large flagship obesity service for people with type 2 diabetes.
Co-founderParth Narendran is a clinical academic in Birmingham, in the West Midlands region of England. He qualified from Kings College London and undertook his post-graduate clinical training in Manchester, Bristol, London and Melbourne. He took up his current post at the University of Birmingham in 2005. He leads a large specialist type 1 diabetes service for adults at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. These include a structured education programme called Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating (DAFNE), the adolescent transition, insulin pump, continuous glucose monitoring and islet transplant services.
Lead Diabetes Research NurseCatherine Thompson is the Lead Diabetes Research Nurse and manager of the Diabetes Specialist Nurse team at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton. Catherine commenced her research career in 2007 and has gained research experience through a wide variety of commercial and academic research studies covering diabetes, metabolic studies and weight management. She has a specialist interest in exercise and diabetes and has worked on several Exercise and Type One Diabetes (EXTOD) studies including EXTOD and EXTOD 101. Research for her dissertation (MSc Diabetes Advanced practice, 2013, King’s College London) focussed on exercise and type 1 diabetes in relation to the experience, knowledge and attitudes of health care professionals. More recently , as lead nurse, she has been focussing on the EXTOD Education randomised controlled trial, which piloted and developed a new education programme to help adults with type 1 diabetes exercise safely.
Clinical Support officerLaura has worked for the NHS since 2008 and has been involved in Research for 6 years. She is a Clinical Support Officer and has worked on a wide variety of commercial and academic research studies covering diabetes, metabolic studies and weight management. She has helped to set up and run many of the EXTOD studies including EXTOD , EXTOD 101, and most recently the EXTOD education which was a randomised controlled trial, which piloted and developed a new education programme to help adults with type 1 diabetes exercise safely. She also helps to co-ordinate and set up the yearly HCP and Patient conferences. She is currently concentrating on helping to get the EXTOD buddies programme up and running and on helping to organise this years HCP and patient conferences.