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Am J Public Health. 2000 Jan;90(1):134-8.

Physical activity and incident diabetes mellitus in postmenopausal women.

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Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55454, USA. folsom@epi.umn.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study determined whether the incidence of diabetes is reduced among physically active older women.

METHODS:

We assessed physical activity by mailed questionnaire and 12-year incidence of diabetes (ostensibly type 2 diabetes) in a cohort of 34257 women aged 55 to 69 years.

RESULTS:

After adjustment for age, education, smoking, alcohol intake, estrogen use, dietary variables, and family history of diabetes, women who reported any physical activity had a relative risk of diabetes of 0.69 (95% confidence interval = 0.63, 0.77) compared with sedentary women.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings suggest that physical activity is important for type 2 diabetes prevention among older women.

PMID:
10630154
PMCID:
PMC1446129
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.90.1.134
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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