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Reducing sitting behaviour in people with Type 2 diabetes


Project description

The REgulate your SItting Time (RESIT) study

People with Type 2 diabetes spend a large proportion of their day sitting down. High amounts of sitting increases the risk of heart disease, high glucose levels and poor wellbeing in people with Type 2 diabetes. However, there are no strategies to reduce sitting time that are currently offered as part of normal diabetes healthcare.

The aim of this research is to see whether people with Type 2 diabetes like and engage with a new intervention to reduce sitting behaviour. Diabetes UK are funding the study. To carry out the research, we are looking to recruit 70 people with Type 2 diabetes who will be randomly allocated to a control or intervention group for 6 months. 

Call for participants

If you would like to take part please register your interest here, by emailing resitstudy@brunel.ac.uk or calling 01895 266127. 

What the research involves

Intervention participants will receive the RESIT programme, which includes an online interactive education module around sitting and health and pick from a selection of tools to use during the intervention that helps them to self-monitor and reduce their sitting behaviour (e.g. mobile phone and computer apps, wearable devices). Support will also be given by a health coach during the intervention to help reduce sitting. The control group will follow their normal diabetes healthcare and receive the RESIT programme after 6 months.

We will take measures of sitting, physical activity and health before the intervention begins and then 3 and 6 months later. We will assess how many people we recruit for the study, how many complete the study and each of the measurements, and gather participants’ thoughts about the intervention and measurements we take. If you are unable to attend the University or prefer not to because of COVID-19, we will get you to complete the measurements by yourself at home during a video or phone call with the research team (some of the measurements might not happen). You will receive £30 of shopping gift vouchers if you take part in all of the measurements.

For more information about the study: please click here and watch the video below. 

The RESIT study


Bailey, DP., Hewson, DJ., Champion, RB. and Sayegh, SM. (2019) 'Sitting Time and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis'. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 57 (3). pp. 408 - 416. ISSN: 0749-3797

Maylor, BD.,Zakrzewski-Fruer, JK., Stensel, DJ., Orton, CJ. and Bailey, DP. (2019) 'Effects of Frequency and Duration of Interrupting Sitting on Cardiometabolic Risk Markers'. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 40 (13). pp. 818 - 824. ISSN: 0172-4622

Brierley, ML., Chater, AM., Smith, LR. and Bailey, DP. (2019) 'The Effectiveness of Sedentary Behaviour Reduction Workplace Interventions on Cardiometabolic Risk Markers: A Systematic Review'. Sports Medicine, 49 (11). pp. 1739 - 1767. ISSN: 0112-1642

Maylor, BD., Edwardson, CL., Zakrzewski-Fruer, JK., Champion, RB. and Bailey, DP. (2018) 'Efficacy of a Multicomponent Intervention to Reduce Workplace Sitting Time in Office Workers'. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 60 (9). pp. 787 - 795. ISSN: 1076-2752

Bailey, DP., Broom, DR., Chrismas, BCR., Taylor, L., Flynn, E. and Hough, J. (2016) 'Breaking up prolonged sitting time with walking does not affect appetite or gut hormone concentrations but does induce an energy deficit and suppresses postprandial glycaemia in sedentary adults'. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 41 (3). pp. 324 - 331. ISSN: 1715-5312