The Shift-Diabetes study

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. 


We are looking for

Shift workers with diagnosed type 2 diabetes who:

Work a mixed/rotating shift pattern with regular night shifts (minimum 4 nights per month)

Work in a hospital/residential care setting (any job role)

Call, message or WhatsApp us:


Research office number:

020 7848 4356

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

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

The study involves recording what you eat, drink, your sleep and activity and monitoring your blood glucose over a 10-day period.

You will be asked to:

  • Wear a Continuous glucose monitor (CGM), which is a small device that you wear just under your skin. It measures your glucose (sugar) levels continuously throughout the day and night. It sends this information to a display device using Bluetooth.
  • Wear a small activity monitor about the size of a wristwatch, that will record your activity and sleep
  • Record your food, sleep, activity and working hours

These 10 days will include 3 night shifts, any other type of shift and at rest (days when you are not at work). The 3 night shifts can either be arranged in 3 consecutive night shifts or 2 consecutive night shifts and a single night shift.

If you are interested in taking part, you first need to complete a health questionnaire that will assess your eligibility for the study.

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.

Meet the research team: Maria

Participants’ testimonials

"I wanted to take control of my diabetes and learn more about the patterns of my blood sugar and how my shift pattern affected my blood sugar control. The summary report has helped me inform what I eat and how I manage my blood sugar control. Highly informative study that I would recommend to anyone wishing to take control of their diabetes" 

Advertisement for use for recruitment of volunteers for study ref: HR-19/20-14630, approved by King’s College London ethics committee.

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