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.
The link between shift work and health
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