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Arq Bras Endocrinol Metabol. 2012 Feb;56(1):6-11.

[Physical activity and healthcare cost of type 2 diabetic patients seen at basic units of healthcare].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências da Motricidade, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Rio Claro, SP, Brasil.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To observe differences in healthcare costs according to the level of physical activity in type 2 diabetes mellitus.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

A total of 121 type 2 diabetic patients were interviewed in two basic units of healthcare in Bauru, Brazil. Physical activity level was assessed by a questionnaire carried out during an interview. Costs of exams, medications and doctor and nurse visits were assessed for the previous year using invoices obtained from basic units of healthcare.

RESULTS:

Sedentary type 2 diabetic patients presented higher costs for doctor visits (63%; p = 0.017) and medication to treat diseases other than diabetes (p = 0.001) than active patients.

CONCLUSIONS:

Sedentary type 2 diabetic patients presented higher healthcare costs related to doctor visits and medicine purchase.

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