Evaluation of quality of life is important in treatment strategies of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes mellitus. The present study aimed at measuring the impact of self-reported exercise on quality of life in T1DM patients. Fifty-three young T1DM patients on intensive insulin-treatment regime who were regularly attending the Diabetes Clinic were selected. At the end of the scheduled clinic visit, they were asked to fill in an Italian version of the Diabetes Quality of Life (DQOL) questionnaire; 30 patients exercised regularly, whereas 23 were sedentary. Patients with clinical and laboratory evidence of major eye, renal and cardiovascular diseases were excluded. A significant difference in the scale of satisfaction (1.9+/-0.3 vs 2.2+/-0.5; p=0.009), along with a better HbA(1c) level (7.0+/-1.0 vs 7.8+/-1.2; p=0.014), was observed in physically active patients as compared to sedentary ones, whereas there were no differences between the 2 groups with respect to the impact and worry scale. Moreover, there were no significant correlations between glucose control parameters and the quality of life scores. In conclusion, we showed that self-reported exercise is associated with both a better quality of life and a better metabolic control in young T1DM patients. Further efforts should however be made to recognize all factors that can help motivate patients to exercise.
|Titolo:||Self-reported exercise and quality of life in young type 1 diabetic subjects.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2003|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 Articolo in Rivista|