Developing targeted dietary and lifestyle guidance for shift workers with type 2 diabetes

Researchers at King’s College London are looking for volunteers to help them understand more about how shift work influences diet and blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes as part of a Diabetes UK funded study. 

There are two parts to the Shift-Diabetes Study:

Monitoring study

For the monitoring study we will need you to wear a continuous glucose monitor and activity monitor for a 10-day period that includes night shifts, rest days and non-night shift workdays. We will also ask you to record your diet and sleep.

Volunteers will be compensated £60 on completion of the monitoring study and will receive their individual reports from the continuous glucose monitoring plus a physical activity and dietary assessment report.

Informal interview

A sub sample of participants who took part in the main study will be contacted to participate in an informal interview.

Taking part in the interview involves attending a 1-hour meeting with a researcher via secure on-line platform. During the meeting, the researcher will ask you questions about how and when you eat when you are working night shifts, and what factors may influence this.

Volunteers will be compensated £25 for their time on completion of the interview.

If you would like to take part but are unable to attend study visits in person, you can participate remotely. Open to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


If you are a hospital or residential care-based shift worker (any job role) working a mixed/rotating shift pattern with regular night shifts (minimum 4 nights per month) with diagnosed type 2 diabetes and are interested in helping with our research, you can contact us via:

Call, message, WhatsApp us:


Research office number:

020 7848 4356

We aim to respond to all queries within one working day.


Working night shifts has been linked with a greater risk of type 2 diabetes and higher blood sugar levels in people living with the condition.

Our ‘body clock’ plays a role in controlling how our body handles glucose. But night shifts can disrupt this clock. Working at night also tends to change diet, eating patterns, and how active people are. All of this can make managing type 2 diabetes more challenging and means that standard diet and lifestyle advice isn’t always useful for shift workers living with the condition.

The aim of our study is to understand more about the effects of night shift working, so that we can inform the development of more tailored support to improve the health of shift workers with type 2 diabetes. We are focusing our study on healthcare sector employees as they represent one of the largest employers of night workers in the UK.


We are based at King’s College London, Waterloo Campus, Franklin-Wilkins Building

150 Stamford Street, SE1 9NH


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