Barriers to Physical Activity for people with Type 1 Diabetes

Using a diabetes specific measuring tool, this study looked at identifying barriers to being regularly physically active in adults with type 1 diabetes.


Barriers to exercise for people with type 1 diabetes

It concluded the two main diabetes related barriers to exercise are fear of hypoglycaemia and loss of control over diabetes, with the two main factors relating to these barriers being basic knowledge about insulin pharmacokinetics (i.e. how insulin works and how its effects are influenced by exercise) and having the ability to implement strategies to prevent hypoglycaemia. The researchers identified this component of diabetes education is currently under-resourced with a major delivery gap in accessible, practical information/education.
Take home message: I couldn’t resist the opportunity to include this study in my first newsletter. According to the study findings you really should become an eXT1D member!

Brazeau A, Rabasa-Lhoret R, Strychar I, Mircescu H. Barriers to Physical Activity Among Patients With Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2008;31(11):2108-2109.
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