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Arq Bras Endocrinol Metabol. 2009 Oct;53(7):834-43.

Factors associated with functional balance and mobility among elderly diabetic outpatients.

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Setor de Reabilitação Gerontológica do Lar Escola São Francisco, Centro de Reabilitação, Departamento de Medicina Preventiva, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Rua dos Açores 310, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. renata.cereda@unifesp.br

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To characterize balance and mobility among diabetic elderly outpatients and to estimate the extent to which functional balance and mobility abnormalities can be influenced by sociodemographic, clinical and other functional factors in a cross-sectional study.

METHODS:

Ninety-one elderly (65+ years) outpatients were assessed. Mobility was evaluated by the Timed Up and Go Test (TUGT) and the balance, by the Berg Balance Scale (BS).

RESULTS:

TUGT mean score was 15.65 +/- 5.9 seconds and BS mean score was 49.31 +/- 7.3 points. Using linear regression analysis (alpha < 0.05), significant and independent positive relationships were obtained between TUGT and age, daily activities (ADL/IADL), step strategy, and proprioceptive sensitivity. Factors negatively associated with BS were: ADL/IADL, step strategy, proprioceptive sensitivity, orthostatic hypotension (OH) and conflictive sensory conditions.

CONCLUSION:

Elderly diabetic outpatients show abnormal balance and mobility related mainly to advanced age, disability, absence of step strategy, absence of proprioceptive sensitivity and presence of OH.

PMID:
19942985
DOI:
10.1590/s0004-27302009000700007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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