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Endocrinol Nutr. 2011 Oct;58(8):387-94. doi: 10.1016/j.endonu.2011.05.010. Epub 2011 Aug 3.

[Benefits of a home-based physical exercise program in elderly subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus].

[Article in Spanish]

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Unidad de Endocrinología y Nutrición, Consorcio Hospital General de Valencia, Valencia, España. ferrer_juagar@gva.es

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To analyze the effects of a home-based physical exercise program on quality of life, metabolic control, and anthropometric and biochemical parameters in people over 60 years of age with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

METHODS:

Eighty-four Spanish patients aged over 60 years were finally randomized to participate in a home-based, combined physical exercise program (aerobic and anaerobic exercises) or to receive conventional treatment for diabetes. At 6 months, effects on quality of life (EuroQoL questionnaire). HbA1c, fasting glucose, hypoglycemic events, weight, BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure, and biochemical parameters were assessed.

RESULTS:

Mean age of study participants was 66.7 (8.0) years. Patients in the exercise group showed an improved quality of life at six months based on EuroQol: 0.48 (0.38) vs 0.66 (0.35) and analogic scale 67.97 (18.92) vs 76.26 (20.14). An improved glycemic control was also seen: HbA1c 6.35 vs 6.0% and fasting glucose 151.2 (36.7) vs 137.6 (23.5) mg/dL, as well as a weight reduction by 1.7 kg. Hypoglycemic events did not increase. No benefits were seen in the control group. Ten subjects withdrew from the study before 6 months.

CONCLUSIONS:

A home-based physical exercise program improves quality of life, glycemic control, and weight in type 2 diabetic patients older than 60 years.

PMID:
21816692
DOI:
10.1016/j.endonu.2011.05.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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