exT1D's goal is to inspire and help every person with Type 1 Diabetes participate in regular physical activity, exercise and sport with confidence.

The only people that say exercising with type 1 diabetes is simple are the people that don't have it or, don't live with it. At ext1d.com.au we're dedicated to providing practical direction on 'how to' exercise successfully and with confidence to people with type 1 diabetes.

There are literally thousands of websites, books and assorted publications telling people with type 1 diabetes about the 'health benefits' and why they 'should' exercise but few on 'how to'. Much of the information available on 'how to exercise' is either too academic to be understood or, it simply scratches the surface avoiding the meaningful issues that can help make exercise and participation in sport part of everyday life.

Understandably, many avoid physical activity through sheer frustration and negative experiences, not a lack of willingness. Although individual responses to exercise can differ among people with type 1 diabetes our goal is to provide a platform for people to find a starting point, to build confidence and a gain deeper understanding so they can maximise the mental and physical benefits of participation in sport and exercise.

Allan Bolton

Allan Bolton - B.H.M.S. (Hons) ESSAM AEP ASP GradCertDiabEd. Has had Type 1 diabetes for 34 years.

Sport and exercise have always been a part of Allan's life. Since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 18 he has found the lack of 'how to exercise with type 1 diabetes' resources remarkable. People with diabetes are constantly told they should exercise and why but seldom how to.

  • Why Allan Bolton created exT1D

He has presented to many people, kids and adults, with outstanding feedback. This is the motivation behind him developing this online, accessible resource where people can learn from the experts and share their experiences with other people with type 1 diabetes.

Like anyone with type 1 diabetes Allan simply wants to have a full, fun and uncomplicated life. His goal for this web site is to build an online community where people can find answers to questions on how to exercise with type 1 diabetes.

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Coach Bolton is a major contributor on exercise to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) book 'Straight to the Point' A guide for adults living with Type 1 Diabetes. He is co-author of the international Fitness Leader's Handbook. Click a thumbnail for a closer look!

Allan is a popular presenter choice on exercise and type 1 diabetes at professional scientific meetings, professional development workshops for Diabetes Educators as well as community groups of people living with Type 1 Diabetes and their families.

ESSA-ADEA-ADS Conference 2011

Click here to inquire about having Allan Bolton present to your group.

Coach Bolton doesn't just talk theory, having completed over 100 alpine, water and road-based endurance events around the world he has skin in the game. Checkout this video and see what exercising with Type 1 Diabetes and Skydiving have in common!

  • What exercising with Type 1 Diabetes and skydiving have in common

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The Type 1 Diabetes Exercise Study

exT1D.com.au is based on current best practice scientific guidelines for exercising with Type 1 Diabetes. As a result of on the ground successes i.e., the many positive outcomes achieved by people with Type 1 Diabetes using the exT1D tools.

The type 1 diabetes exercise study

The University of Sydney's Medical School and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital's Diabetes Centre, at their instigation, are currently evaluating the effectiveness of the tools via a PhD based, randomised control trial titled ‘The Type 1 Diabetes Exercise Study’. This project commenced April 2012 and the expected completion date is late 2014, early 2015. The research team:

Endocrinologist Dr Agata Piotrowicz
(PhD Student)

Professor Stephen Twigg (Supervisor) MBBS(Hons-I), PhD(Syd), FRACP, Professor in Medicine, Sydney Medical School, USyd, Senior Staff Endocrinologist, and Head of Department of Endocrinology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

A/Professor Marg McGill AM (Supervisor) RN,CDE, MSc(Med) Manager - Diabetes Centre Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Adjunct Associate Professor (Central Clinical School), Sydney Medical School, Sydney Nursing School, The University of Sydney.