The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3081.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - Board 5

Abstract #57678

Exercise frequency in non-insulin-requiring diabetics versus non-diabetics: A characterization of exercise patterns

Robert N Walker, BA, School of Public Health, Rockford Campus, University of Illinois Chicago, 5854 Beechwood Drive, Apartment C, Loves Park, IL 61111-1513 and May Nawal Lutfiyya, PhD, Family and Community Medicine, University of Illinois, 1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, IL 61107, 815-395-5783,

Type 2 diabetes is an ever-increasing health problem in the United States. With respect to treatment, exercise is often ignored due to patient resistance, yet it remains an important aspect of diabetes care. The objective of this study was to assess exercise in diabetic versus non-diabetic individuals, and characterize a model for diabetic exercise tendencies. Using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System from 1997-2000, non-insulin-requiring diabetics were compared to non-diabetics for exercise status, frequency, and intensity. Contingency table analysis with chi-square revealed that diabetics have significantly lower exercise rates, frequencies, and intensity than non-diabetics. Using logistic regression, diabetics were analyzed for exercise tendencies related to income, race, education, age at diagnosis, duration of diagnosis, Body Mass Index, and gender. When looking at diabetics by exercise status, those with low income and education, advanced age and length of diabetes status were less likely to exercise than those with higher income and education, younger age and shorter duration of diabetes.

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Keywords: Diabetes, Exercise

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA