Psysical activity and sedentary lifestyle in children with type 1diabetes: a multicentre Italian Study

Psysical activity and sedentary lifestyle in children with type 1diabetes: a multicentre Italian Study

Authors

  • V. Fainardi
  • C. Scarabello
  • A. Cangelosi
  • L. Fanciullo

Keywords:

Type 1 diabetes, physical exercise, sedentary habits, metabolic control

Abstract

Background: Regular Physical Activity (RPA) is one of the cornerstones of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) therapy, but conflicting results are reported in the literature. Aim: To compare (RPA) and Sedentary Lifestyle (SL) among children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and healthy peers. Subjects and Methods: Seven Italian paediatric diabetes centres enrolled 129 children with T1D and 214 healthy peers who were interviewed by a telephone questionnaire on physical activity level, sedentary lifestyle and clinical data. Results: Compared to healthy peers, children with T1D: performed the same amount of RPA, were more frequently engaged in team sports (p=0.018), described RPA as an enjoyable activity (p=0.033), not boring (p=0.035), a chance to spend time with peers (p=0.033) and to meet new friends (p=0.016). Children with T1D were finally used to consume less snacks during watching TV (p<0.001) or after physical activity (p<0.001). HbA1c values were not related with time spent in physical activity, in watching TV  or in playing video-games. Conclusions: Most interviewed children with T1D are physically active and perform the same amount of exercise as their healthy peers. They demonstrate to consider RPA a source of enjoyment and sociality and not a therapeutic imposition.

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01-06-2011

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Psysical activity and sedentary lifestyle in children with type 1diabetes: a multicentre Italian Study. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2011 Jun. 1 [cited 2024 May 19];82(2):124-31. Available from: https://www.mattioli1885journals.com/index.php/actabiomedica/article/view/1401