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Exercising Safely with Type 1 Diabetes

Do you have type 1 diabetes (T1D) or care for someone who does? Are you a healthcare provider who treats people with T1D? JDRF PEAK’s one-day events offer the information you need to manage physical activity and T1D.

Learn about the benefits and challenges of exercise while managing diet and blood glucose.

The JDRF PEAK program explores the environmental, dietary, physiological and psychosocial elements that impact physical activity in people with T1D. Both people with T1D and caregivers or Healthcare Providers will come away understanding how to plan for and manage different types of activity safely and successfully with T1D.

On June 15th, 2018 an online US-accredited webcast for healthcare professionals will be uploaded to this website. Throughout the summer of 2018 videos of athletes with T1D teaching PEAK content will be uploaded for people living with T1D and their caregivers.

There will be international PEAK events for healthcare professionals in the UK, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, and Japan during 2018- early 2019. Please check back for more information as it becomes available.


Upcoming PEAK Events


International Events

Meet the JDRF PEAK Expert Panel

JDRF convened a panel comprising medical experts in endocrinology, diabetes, sports medicine, kinesiology and nutrition from around the world. This team collaborated on the JDRF PEAK program curriculum and developed the new standard for diabetes care during exercise. More than 40 faculty members worldwide have been trained in this curriculum.


Peter Adolfsson, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician at the Department of Pediatrics at the Hospital of Halland Kungsbacka, Sweden. He is also a specialist in sports medicine and formerly the physician responsible for the women’s national football team in Sweden.

His research field includes continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), exercise and diabetes, as well as scuba diving and diabetes. He is one of the authors of the ISPAD Guidelines: Exercise and Diabetes.


Rob Andrews, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Exeter and an Honorary Consultant Physician at Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton.
At the university, Dr. Andrews leads a group that researches the role that exercise and diet can play in the prevention and management of diabetes. Ongoing studies include the long-term effects of diet, and diet and exercise interventions in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes (T2D) (ACTID follow up); the role that sedentary time has in the metabolic characteristics of patients with T2D (STAMP 2); how exercise can affect beta cell function in type 1 diabetes (T1D) (EXTOD).


Francesca Annan qualified as a dietitian in Cardiff in 1990, and also has an MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. She currently works as Clinical Specialist Paediatric/Adolescent Diabetes Dietitian at University College London Hospitals having previously been the lead Paediatric Diabetes Dietitian at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. She runs a specialist exercise and diabetes management clinic for children and adolescents.


Bruce Bode, M.D., FACE, is a diabetes specialist with an expertise and interest in insulin delivery and glucose sensing at the Atlanta Diabetes Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Emory University. Dr. Bode is also medical advisor to Team Novo Nordisk, a professional and amateur cycling team.
Dr. Bode has written and contributed to several books, including Diabetes DEK – How to Control and Manage Diabetes Mellitus and The Insulin Pump Therapy Book: Insights from the Experts. In addition, he has written or co-written 200 articles and abstracts for professional journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Diabetes, and Diabetes Care.  


Dr. Ian Gallen is consultant physician and endocrinologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Reading. Dr. Gallen has a specific interest in the management of diabetes in people who want to exercise or compete in sport, and was awarded the RSM Gold Medal in 2012 for this work. He was the inaugural NICE fellow and is on the boards of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, and specialist advisor on driving for the UK Department for Transport.


Dr. Tim Heise is CEO of the private research institute, Profil Institut für Stoffwechselforschung GmbH (Profil Institute for Metabolic Research) in Neuss, Germany. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Tim Heise and Dr. Lutz Heinemann, Profil quickly became known as the premier source of solutions to the challenging early phase studies of experimental diabetes treatments; in particular pharmacodynamic/ pharmacokinetic assessments performed with the glucose clamp technique.

Dr. Heise has a strong interest in evidence-based medicine and is cofounder of the Institute for Evidence-Based Medicine in Cologne, Germany. Dr. Heise is reviewer for several scientific journals and member of the Editorial Board of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.


Joseph Henske, M.D., FACE, is a full-time clinical endocrinologist and the endocrine department chair at DuPage Medical Group, a physician-owned organization of 550+ physicians located in suburban Chicago. Dr. Henske completed his internal medicine residency at Northwestern University in 2007 and endocrinology fellowship at Vanderbilt University in 2010 with a research focus on human islet regeneration. He was diagnosed with T1D at age 15 and has made helping his patients manage T1D and exercise with insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors a major focus of his clinical practice.


Carin Hume, MSc, is a dietitian. She completed her undergraduate dietetic degree in South Africa and obtained a postgraduate degree in sports nutrition from the University of Aberdeen Scotland.

Carin currently divides her time between working as a diabetes specialist dietitian at London Medical, a private diabetes clinic in central London, and doing private practice work in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Previously, Carin worked as a diabetes specialist dietitian in the National Health Service. Carin has a special interest in exercise and T1D and previously worked with Dr. Gallen in a dedicated sports diabetes clinic in Buckinghamshire.


Dr. Tim Jones is Head of the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, Clinical Professor at the Institute for Child Health Research, University of Western Australia and holds an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship.

Dr. Jones received his pediatric training in Australia and in the UK, and his postdoctoral training at Yale University, U.S. He is Chair of the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group’s Children’s Diabetes Network and leads a number of national trials.


Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D., JDRF’s chief mission officer, combines his professional experience as a scientist with his personal experience of living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) to help guide and champion JDRF’s programs focused on creating a world without T1D.
Dr. Kowalski, an internationally recognized expert in diabetes technologies, is a leader of JDRF’s Artificial Pancreas Research Project, a multimillion-dollar initiative to accelerate the progress toward automated insulin-delivery systems. He has authored numerous articles on T1D research and was a coauthor of the landmark study in The New England Journal of Medicine that revealed the effectiveness of continuous glucose monitors in T1D management.


Rory McCrimmon, M.D., MBChB, trained at the University of Edinburgh and completed his clinical and specialty training in Scotland before becoming an NHS Consultant Physician at the University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, in 2000.
In 2002, Dr. McCrimmon joined the faculty at Yale University, where he began his basic research in the central regulation of glucose homeostasis. He returned to the UK in 2009 to establish a laboratory at the University of Dundee, where he is currently professor of Experimental Diabetes and Metabolism.


Anne L. Peters, M.D., currently a professor at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and the Director of the USC Clinical Diabetes Programs, runs two diabetes centers, one in Beverly Hills and one in underserved East Los Angeles.
Dr. Peters, a principal investigator on multiple clinical trials focusing on diabetes and diabetes prevention, has received multiple NIH and foundation grants. The author of three books on diabetes and over 100 articles appearing in multiple peer-reviewed medical journals, Dr. Peters has served on the ABIM Endocrine Board and the Board of the ADA; and received the ADA Outstanding Physician Clinician Award in 2008.


Dr. Michael Riddell is a professor and graduate program director in the School of Kinesiology & Health Science at York University. His research interests are focused on the metabolic and hormonal responses to exercise and stress in diabetes, publishing over 120 original research papers and 16 book chapters on the topic.
Dr. Riddell has a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Physiology/Pharmacology) from McMaster University and postdoctoral experience from the University of Toronto (Physiology). He is an associate editor for Applied Physiology Nutrition & Metabolism; The Canadian Journal of Diabetes; and the Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD) Yearbook.


Iñigo San Millán, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Director of the Sports Performance Program at the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Millán is an internationally renowned applied physiologist having worked for the past 20 years for many professional teams and elite athletes worldwide across multiple sports like running, football, soccer, basketball, rowing, triathlon, swimming, Olympics and cycling including eight Pro Cycling Teams. He has also been a consultant in exercise physiology and sports medicine to international organizations like the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Cycling Union.


Gary Scheiner is the owner and clinical director of Integrated Diabetes Services, a practice located just outside of Philadelphia specializing in intensive insulin therapy and advanced education for children and adults.

Gary is a master-level exercise physiologist and has been a Certified Diabetes Educator for 22 years. He has also lived with T1D for more than 30 years. Gary was named 2014 Diabetes Educator of the Year by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. He has written dozens of articles for diabetes trade publications and six books, including the best-selling Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin.

*After conclusion of your local PEAK program, all attendees will be given access to the materials presented via a follow up email containing login information.

JDRF PEAK Program Highlights

Why should someone with T1D or a caregiver attend JDRF PEAK?

  • To learn how exercise affects people with T1D and daily disease management.
  • To gain new tools and resources for effective T1D management during exercise.
  • To understand how diet and nutrition play a crucial role in exercise performance and glucose management.
  • To gain new insights into the physiological elements that impact physical activity with T1D.

What are the objectives for healthcare providers attending JDRF PEAK?

  • To learn more about how exercise affects people with T1D and daily disease management.
  • To gain new tools and resources to share with patients for effective T1D management during exercise.
  • To learn how diet and nutrition play a key role in exercise performance and glucose management in people with T1D.
  • To gain new insights into the physiological elements that impact physical activity with T1D.

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