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 Parth Narendran and Rob Andrews in 2011 and is now recognised and active both in the UK and abroad. It runs national conferences to support health care professionals 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.