Kim Gaffney

Doctor of Philosophy, (Sport and Exercise Science)
Study Completed: 2019
College of Health


Thesis Title
The Effect of 10 Weeks of Peri-Training Whey Protein Supplementation on Systemic, Metabolic, and Skeletal Muscle Molecular Responses in Type-2 Diabetes

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Type-2 diabetes is a modern global epidemic currently affecting 400 million people worldwide. The disease is characterised by impaired expression of a constellation of proteins in skeletal muscle tissue that are important to normal glycaemic control. Consumption of milk-proteins proximal to exercise has been repeatedly shown to upregulate protein synthetic rates during exercise recovery, which could improve skeletal muscle irregularities in populations with type-2 diabetes. Mr Gaffney investigated whether 10 weeks of milk-protein supplementation would enhance the effect of intense exercise on glycaemic control in a group of middle-aged type-2 diabetic men. The results demonstrated that milk-protein supplementation enhanced function within the microvascular system but without any accompanying improvement in glycaemic control.

Professor David Rowlands
Dr James Faulkner
Dr Lee Stoner