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J Diabetes Complications. 2019 Jan;33(1):33-38. doi: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2018.10.017. Epub 2018 Nov 4.

Self-reported physical activity in community-dwelling adults with diabetes and its association with diabetes complications.

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Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia. Electronic address:
School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia; Southern Cross University, Bilinga, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.
School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
Central Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Heath, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia; Diabetes Centre, Dept. of Endocrinology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW, Australia.
School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia; Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.



To describe the physical activity levels of an Australian community-based adult population with diabetes, and investigate the interaction between diabetes complications and physical activity.


Anthropometric, demographic, biochemical and self-reported physical activity measures (IPAQ) were performed. Associations and multiple regression analyses were undertaken between physical activity, known risk factors for diabetes complications, and history of cardiovascular disease (CVD), neuropathy and foot ulceration obtained from medical records.


240 participants were recruited (96% type 2 diabetes; age 68.7 ± 10.5 y; 58% men; diabetes duration 14.3 ± 11.4 y). Sixty seven percent of participants reported undertaking moderate or vigorous intensity exercise to recommended levels, and 29% reported no moderate-vigorous exercise. In addition to being associated with known demographic and biochemical risk factors and other complications, diabetes complications were also associated with different physical activity behaviours. Individuals with a history of CVD were more likely to participate in moderate-vigorous exercise and meet exercise guidelines, individuals with neuropathy undertook less walking and moderate intensity exercise, and those with a history of foot ulceration sat more and participated less in vigorous exercise.


In Australian adults, the presence of diabetes complications may influence physical activity participation, and associate with characteristic physical activity approaches.


Cardiovascular disease; Exercise; IPAQ; Microvascular; Neuropathy

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