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Diabetes Care. 2008 Nov;31(11):2108-9. doi: 10.2337/dc08-0720. Epub 2008 Aug 8.

Barriers to physical activity among patients with type 1 diabetes.

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Department of Nutrition, Metabolic Dysfunction Laboratory, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine, in an adult population with type 1 diabetes, barriers to regular physical activity using a diabetes-specific barriers measure (the Barriers to Physical Activity in Diabetes [type 1] [BAPAD1] scale) and factors associated with these barriers.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS:

One hundred adults with type 1 diabetes answered a questionnaire assessing perceived barriers to physical activity and related factors. A1C was obtained from the medical chart of each individual.

RESULTS:

Fear of hypoglycemia was identified as being the strongest barrier to physical activity. Greater knowledge about insulin pharmacokinetics and using appropriate approaches to minimize exercise-induced hypoglycemia were factors associated with fewer perceived barriers. Greater barriers were positively correlated with A1C levels (r = 0.203; P = 0.042) and negatively with well-being (r = -0.45; P < 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS:

Fear of hypoglycemia is the strongest barrier to regular physical activity in adults with type 1 diabetes, who should therefore be informed and supported in hypoglycemia management.

PMID:
18689694
PMCID:
PMC2571055
DOI:
10.2337/dc08-0720
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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