The study will examine the benefits of a nutritional, exercise and educational intervention programme on the health of people over the age of 70 with Type 2 diabetes and are also becoming frail.
The EU-funded research is an open, randomised, multicentre study, which will run for four years in seven countries.
The project is being co-ordinated by Professor Leocadio Rodríguez-Mañas from the Hospital Universitario de Getafe in Madrid and Diabetes Frail’s Professor Alan Sinclair.
Professor Sinclair said: “We have been delighted with the uptake of sites. The research we plan to carry out will be extremely important as people with diabetes are vulnerable to chest and urine infections and are often frail.
“When their health deteriorates it means there are high rates of admission to hospital, which is why it’s so important to monitor their healthcare, making sure they’re receiving the right level of care.
“The more we know about how the condition affects older people, the more we can identify and review examples of best clinical practice relating to diabetes care of older people.”
A total of 127 patients have been recruited across all of the sites. They will take part in a supervised training programme with resistance exercises, alongside a nutritional and educational programme.
Outcomes will be measured after two years by changes in a summary ordinal score on the short physical performance battery (SPPB) of at least one point.
Secondary outcomes include daily activities, economic evaluation, and quality of life.
The aim of the study is to evaluate, in comparison with usual clinical practice, the effectiveness of education, diet and exercise in the patients involved and looking at change in function and quality of life 24 months after they been through the trial.