Can changes in physical activity/sedentary behavior be maintained in individuals with type 2 diabetes?

Nearly 1 out of 10 Americans have diabetes and 1 out of 4 in seniors aged 65 or older. Common symptoms include:

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry- even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

Exercise, or physical activity, including walking the dog, dancing, or going for a bike ride is important to everyone on a regular basis, but especially so for people with diabetes. The goal is not to run a marathon, but to have regular physical activity like gardening.

In a study recently published in the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) demonstrated that 1 individual counseling session and 8 biweekly theoretical and practical counseling sessions per year led to sustained increase in physical activity and decrease in sedentary time. These findings are especially helpful to the medical community and public health to help guide resources and policy changes.

Reference: Balducci S, D’Errico V, Haxhi J, et al. Effect of a Behavioral Intervention Strategy on Sustained Change in Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes: The IDES_2 Randomized Clinical TrialJAMA. 2019;321(9):880–890. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.0922

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