SPRINTT Annual Meeting
The study's 1,000th participant was announced at the SPRINTT Annual Meeting held in Basel in June
A new body of work
Led by Professor Alan Sinclair
Exploring the emerging importance of frailty
as a better-defined concept in ageing populations and its association with diabetes
Frailty and diabetes
The presence of frailty in a setting of diabetes increases the level of disability and leads to poorer clinical outcomes.

About Diabetes Frail:

Diabetes Frail was formed in June 2014 as a not-for-profit research organisation dedicated to learning more about frailty and its linkage with diabetes in older people. We have been the primary and leading site in Europe for studies in this emerging field.

A new body of research

Professor Alan Sinclair launched the Diabetes Frail project to further explore the emerging importance of frailty as a better-defined concept in ageing populations and its association with diabetes. Diabetes and frailty may be causally related and operate through each of the key components of the frailty phenotype or via the associated medical co-morbidities. The presence of frailty in a setting of diabetes increases the level of disability and leads to poorer clinical outcomes. The vascular complications of diabetes (both macro and microvascular) are implicated in this aetiopathogenesis of frailty and any associated mood disturbance or cognitive impairments worsen the outcome. The work of Diabetes Frail has been severely hampered by the covid-19 outbreak this year which led to a suspension of related European Union-funded clinical trials connected with Diabetes Frail. However, both future research, audit, clinical guideline development, and strategic healthcare development work will continue under the auspices of the RiA Diabetes & Education and the Foundation for Diabetes Research in Older People (FDROP).


Portfolio of work

  • Current research projects

    To read about our the latest studies we are working on click here.
  • Publications and papers

    To view a comprehensive list of the research publications and papers which our Director, Professor Sinclair has led or, contributed to, click here.
  • Global Initiative in Diabetes for Older People

    Professor Alan Sinclair is leading a 'Global Initiative in Diabetes for Older People' on behalf of the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG), to access the resources click here.
  • Care home diabetes education for clinicians and health care assistants

    Professor Sinclair can provide a fit-for-purpose, tailored and high-quality diabetes and educational platform on care home diabetes suitable for all grades of clinicians and care home staff, find out more here.
  • Reports and clinical guidelines

    To browse through the reports and clinical guidelines involving Professor Sinclair, click here.
  • International and national roles

    Our Director, Professor Sinclair holds a number of international and national roles, to read about them click here.
  • Collaborations

    Diabetes Frail and our Director, Professor Sinclair are involved in national and international research collaborations, to learn more click here.


Latest news

Diabetes in care homes guidance published

Two recruits join the team

Prof Sinclair secures VIVIFRAIL grant

OPDN National Conference 2015



Frailty and its relationship with diabetes

"Diabetes Frail is the world's first not-for-profit organisation devoted to the study of diabetes and related metabolic disease and the association with frailty", Professor Alan Sinclair