Design for Health and Well Being: Knitted Products for Diabetics

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his paper will discuss the design development, manufacturing and testing of knitted products maximizing the use of new innovations in Nano- technology and the integration of Phase Changing Materials specifically for diabetics. The project identified key aspects requiring design solutions to bring improvement to the circulatory problems with specific reference to the diabetic condition. Diabetics have particular difficulty in regulating their body temperature and this can result in the condition worsening, and resulting in loss of digits or limbs. The design of products to prevent the deterioration of the diabetic condition and to help those with limb loss was developed in collaboration with a Northern Ireland diabetic consultant, a product engineer and a knitwear designer. The fusion of ideas between the stakeholders resulted in the development and manufacture of a range of products that have been successfully tested at the yarn and fabric development stage and have been proven to maintain body temperature by either cooling or warming and therefore bring improvement to health and well-being. Whilst the product has a performance element the design ideas created desirable products that not only provided solutions to the brief but also resulted in products that had further market applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012020
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalIOP Conference Series : Materials Science and Engineering
Issue numbern/a
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 9 Aug 2017


  • Knitting
  • Fashion
  • Design
  • Health and Well-being
  • Gerontology.


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