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Are barriers to physical activity similar for adults with and without abnormal glucose Metabolism?

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posted on 01.01.2010, 00:00 authored by Clare Hume, David DunstanDavid Dunstan, Jo SalmonJo Salmon, G Healy, Nick Andrianopoulos, N Owen
Purpose The purpose of this study was to examine perceived barriers to physical activity among adults with and without abnormal glucose metabolism (AGM), and whether barriers varied according to physical activity status.
Methods The 1999 to 2000 Australian Diabetes, Obesity, and Lifestyle Study (AusDiab) was a population-based cross-sectional study among adults aged ≥25 years. AGM was identified through an oral glucose tolerance test. The previous week’s physical activity and individual, social, and environmental barriers to physical activity were self-reported. Logistic regression analyses examined differences in barriers to physical activity between those with and without AGM, and for those with and without AGM who did and did not meet the minimum recommendation of 150 minutes/week of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity.
Results Of the 7088 participants (47.5 ± 12.7 years; 46% male), 18.5% had AGM. Approximately 47.5% of those with AGM met the physical activity recommendation, compared to 54.7% of those without AGM (P < .001). Key barriers to physical activity included lack of time, other priorities, and being tired. Following adjustment for sociodemographic and behavioral factors, there were few differences in barriers to physical activity between those with and without AGM, even after stratifying according to physical activity.
Conclusions Adults with AGM report similar barriers to physical activity, as do those without AGM. Programs for those with AGM can therefore focus on the known generic adult-reported barriers to physical activity.

History

Journal

The diabetes educator

Volume

36

Issue

3

Season

May-June

Pagination

495 - 502

Publisher

Sage Publications, Inc

Location

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

ISSN

0145-7217

eISSN

1554-6063

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, The Author(s)