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David King

Post-graduate Researcherdavid king

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

David graduated from a Masters by Research (MRes) degree with a distinction from Bangor University.  Having a keen interest in metabolism and obesity has led onto the PhD at Northumbria University which investigates glycaemia and appetite in type 2 diabetes patients along with the ACSM clinical physiologist certification. Future aspirations include helping diabetes patients manage hyperglycaemia in a clinical setting, or contributing towards novel research in metabolic disease.



  • ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • MRes, Exercise Physiology
  • BSc, Sports Sciences

Overview of Doctoral Research

The effect of whey protein on glycaemia and appetite in healthy and type 2 diabetes males.

David’s doctoral research consists of two interventional studies and one systematic review, all investigating the effects of whey protein on glycaemia and/or appetite. The first study was conducted from the Clinical Research Facility of the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, with 11 type 2 diabetes patients. It was identified that whey protein diminished postprandial glucose excursions when administered with a meal, and increased subjective perceptions of satiety. The second study is investigating the effects of whey protein on food intake and 3-day energy balance, to assess whether it may provide an energy deficit, when compared to placebo. The systematic review will determine the effect of whey protein supplementation on acute and chronic health markers in type 2 diabetes, such as HbA1c, fasting glucose, and postprandial glycaemia.


Campbell, M. D., Walker, M., King, D., Gonzalez, J. T., Allerton, D., Stevenson, E., Shaw, J. A. & West, D. J. (2016). Carbohydrate Counting at Meal Time Followed by a Small Secondary Postprandial Bolus Injection at 3 Hours Prevents Late Hyperglycemia, Without Hypoglycemia, After a High-Carbohydrate, High-Fat Meal in Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes Care, 39, e141-142.

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